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They had also not reckoned with the resilience of the ordinary American soldiers. They may have been green, in under-strength units and illprepared, but they held out long enough for the Airborne divisions (the only reserve SHAEF had) to arrive and plug the gaps. The Airborne in its turn stopped the German advance, refusing to surrender in the face of overwhelming odds, until Patton's Third Army and Hodges' First Army finally arrived. The operation known to the Germans as Wacht am Rhein and to history as the Battle of the Bulge was to prove the US Army's biggest battle of WWII, and cost it 80,987 men killed, wounded or missing.
A better tribute to those who died would be hard to find. 42 IN ACTION NIJMEGEN During 33 days of fighting in Normandy the division had suffered the highest casualties of any of its campaigns, 46%. This sacrifice, however, certainly prevented far greater slaughter on the beaches. The 82nd's aggression and skill at arms was self-evident. During that time it took on five German divisions, virtually eliminating two of them as effective forces. In this process it destroyed 62 tanks and 44 assorted artillery pieces, plus other materiel too numerous to list.
Browning, the M1917Al. (via 82nd AB Division Museum) SPEARHEAD: 82ND AIRBORNE THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE Above: 'Somewhere in Belgium' (it was actually taken around Christmas day, between Bra and Frature). This photo of an 82nd soldier running to a new scouting position, Thompson in hand, was a source of inspiration for General Gavin who kept it in his office. When, in 1958, the soldier was eventually identified as Earl E. ' (82nd Airborne Museum) Whilst the 82nd was re-fitting the Allies pushed on.
82ND AIRBORNE: All American by Mike Verrier