No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory
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Jerome Corsi’s newest opus, No Greater Valor, examines the Siege of Bastogne—one of the most heroic victories of WWII—with a focus on the surprising faith of the Americans who fought there.
In December of 1944, an outmanned, outgunned, and surrounded US force fought Hitler’s overwhelming Panzer divisions to a miraculous standstill at Bastogne. The underdogs had saved the war for the Allies. It was nothing short of miraculous.
Corsi’s analysis is based on a record of oral histories along with original field maps used by field commanders, battle orders, and other documentation made at the time of the military command. With a perspective gleaned from newspapers, periodicals, and newsreels of the day, Corsi paints a riveting portrait of one of the most important battles in world history.
plan resulted in a “taut and tenuous line” of defense consisting of approximately sixteen miles in the defense perimeter circled around Bastogne. “That it could not be defended in equal strength at all points was not only a military aphorism but a simple fact dictated by the troops available and the accidents of the ground,” Cole commented.17 Gen. Gerald Higgins, second in command to McAuliffe in the 101st Airborne, was concerned about the northwest sector, a gently rolling hill country with no
Company B, Professor McManus noted. While damaged physically and psychologically, the infantry of the 28th Division still held the bridges crossing the Our at Lutzkampen. Doggedly, the 28th threw Manteuffel’s timetable into disarray on this, the first day of the Battle of the Bulge. CONFUSION AT CAMP MOURMELON On December 16, as the Wacht am Rhein offensive began, the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division was at “Camp Mourmelon” in Mourmelon-le-Grand in France. This was the Champagne
Chicago stockyards in a family of seven children. He was educated by the Jesuits at St. Ignatius High School [in Chicago], and after becoming a priest he taught briefly at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. An older brother’s appointment to West Point (Class of 1911) had sparked the future priest’s interest in the military. Initially his bishop resisted releasing O’Neill to serve as a chaplain in the military, but his persistence eventually paid off. Organization was almost as much a religion
card prayer that was separately printed and also distributed to the troops. O’Neill remembered the prayer conference with Patton on December 8 happened because Patton felt trapped in the old French military barracks at the Caserne Molifor in Nancy, France. With rain pounding down on the windows, the foul winter weather showed no signs of letting up. O’Neill remembered that at about 1100 hours on December 8, 1944, Patton telephoned him. “This is General Patton,” the immediately recognizable
Martin Wolfe, a C-47 radio operator, described what it looked like flying into Bastogne: “The first thing you saw, coming toward Bastogne, was a large, flat plain completely covered with snow, the whiteness broken only by a few trees and some roads and, off in the distance, the town itself. Next, your eye caught the pattern of tank tracks across the snow. We came down lower and lower, finally to about 500 feet off the ground, our drop height.”18 At approximately 1150 hours, hundreds of brightly