Battle of the Bulge: Bastogne
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The Siege of Bastogne was a smaller battle in and around
the Belgian town of Bastogne, during the larger Battle of the
Bulge. Success of the German offensive, seizure of the harbor at
Antwerp with encirclement and destruction of Allied armies,
required the German Army mechanized forces to use the roadways in
order to maintain the speed of the offensive.
Who commanded the
5th Panzer Army in its campaign on Bastogne?
Hasso von Manteuffel
2) All main roads in the Ardennes mountain range converged on
the small town of Bastogne. Control of the crossroads of Bastogne
was vital to the Germans to speed up their advance and improve
resupply of the German columns, as the poor weather conditions
made cross country travel difficult.
How many main roads converged
3) At Wiltz, the division put up its last stand - 3rd Battalion
of the 110th, supported by armor and artillery, arrived at the
city around noon of that day. The 44th Engineer Battalion was set
up north of the town, but they were soon overwhelmed and retreated
into the city, blowing up a bridge behind them. This small force,
numbering no more than 500 in total, held out until the evening,
when their position became completely untenable and they retreated
to the west.
4) On December 19 and 20, the 1st Battalion of the 506th
Regiment of the 101st airborne division, supported by Team Desobry
of the 10th Armored in just four M18 tank destroyers, engaged the
2nd Panzer Division at Noville, located north-northeast of both
Foy and of Bastogne just 4.36 miles away. The M18 Hellcat Tank
Destroyer were faster than today's M1A2 Abrams.
What was their
45 miles per hour
55 miles per hour
65 miles per hour
5) The 2nd Panzer was to proceed by secondary roads via Monaville (just northwest of Bastogne) to a key north-northwest
running highway to capture, among other objectives, fuel dumps,
the lack for which, the overall German counter-offensive faltered
6) This delay also gave the 101st Airborne Division enough time
to set up its defenses at Bastogne.
Who commanded the 101st
Airborne Division in Bastogne?
Stephen E. Ambrose
7) The German commander requested Bastogne's surrender. When
the acting commander of the 101st, was
told, he made a frustrated response. After turning to other
pressing issues, his staff reminded him that they should reply to
the German demand. One officer (Harry W. O. Kinnard, then a
Lieutenant Colonel) recommended that his initial reply
would be "tough to beat". Thus he wrote on the
paper delivered to the Germans. That reply had to be explained,
both to the Germans and to non-American Allies.
What was his
YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING
8) Who commanded 10th Armored, Combat Command B at Bastogne?
9) Elements of General George Patton's Third Army, spearheaded
by Lt. Col. of the 37th Armor Regiment, succeeded in punching
through to Bastogne, augmenting the defenders the day after
Christmas. The 101st's ground communications with the American
supply dumps were restored, and the wounded were evacuated to the
Who commanded the unit arriving at Bastogne from Patton's
John C. Carson
10) With the encirclement broken, the men of the 101st expected
to be relieved, but were given orders to resume the offensive, and
were not taken off the front until Noville had been recaptured.