Scott’s View: World War II and Desert Storm Anniversaries

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In our cover story, we mark the 75th anniversary next week of our victory in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. This win was no easy feat. Over 500,000 American soldiers fought successfully for over a month in Europe, suffering more than 80,000 casualties, including 19,000 dead.

"This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory," said British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill at the time.

With all eyes on the Middle East lately, we also want to recognize two other anniversaries that mark the service and sacrifice of our fellow Americans in that region. Twenty-nine years ago, on January 17, Operation Desert Storm began. Our efforts there resulted in successfully expelling Iraq from Kuwait. And 39 years ago, on January 19, the 52 American hostages held at the American Embassy in Iran were released after 444 days of captivity.

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Battle of the Bulge Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: 75 Years Later, an Inside Look of Heroism During Battle of the Bulge Seventy-five years ago this month, on 17 January 1945, the so-called “Battle of the Bulge” had pretty much ended.  American and British troops had flattened the December German protrusion into Luxembourg and Belgium.  A desperate German rear guard was trying to stem an inexorable Allied advance eastwards.  Nowhere was that more evident than in the tiny Luxembourg village of Oberwampach located close to the Belgian border.  The next step to the rear for the Germans was into their homeland.  Their commanders were determined to stop the U.S. Army’s 358th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division from driving them out of their defensive positions.

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