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Gen. Anthony McAuliffe

Born: July 2, 1898, Washington, D.C.
Died: August 11, 1975 (age 77)

General Anthony Clement McAuliffe was the United States Army general who commanded the defending 101st Airborne troops during the Battle of Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.  He is famous for his single-word reply to a German surrender ultimatum: "Nuts!"

What do you know about General Anthony Clement McAuliffe?
"Nuts" to this World War 2 History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1. McAuliffe was a student at West Virginia University from 1916-17, and graduated from West Point in November 1918.

  • True or False?

2. What Army division was McAuliffe serving as Commander of Division when he parachuted into Normandy on D-Day?

  • Artillery
  • Armor
  • Transportation

3. How did he enter into Holland during Operation Market Garden?

  • Glider
  • Tank
  • Jeep

4. In December 1944, when the German army launched their surprise offensive, General Maxwell D. Taylor, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, was away, attending a staff conference. Where was the conference?

  • London
  • Paris
  • United States

5. In Taylor's absence, acting command of the 101st and its attached troops fell to McAuliffe. At Bastogne, the 101st was besieged by a far-larger force of Germans under the command. Who demanded that the Americans surrender?

  • General Hasso von Manteuffel
  • General Peter Becker
  • General Heinrich Freiherr von Lottwitz

6. The 101st was able to hold off the German assault until units arrived to provide reinforcement. What division provided reinforcements?

  • 4th Armored Division
  • 10th Armored Division
  • 130th Infantry Division

7. For his actions at Bastogne, McAuliffe was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General Patton on December 30, 1944, followed later by the Distinguished Service Medal.

  • True or False?

8. After the Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe was given command of his own division in the US 7th Army, which he led from January 15, 1945 to July, 1945. What is the Division?

  • 53rd Infantry Division
  • 73rd Infantry Division
  • 103rd Infantry Division

9. When did he retired from the Army?

  • 1947
  • 1956
  • 1965

10. Where is General Anthony Clement McAuliffe buried?

  • Calvary Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire
  • Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia


Gen. Anthony McAuliffe [Answers]

  1. True
  2. Artillery
  3. Glider
  4. United States
  5. General Heinrich Freiherr von Lottwitz
  6. 4th Armored Division
  7. True
  8. 103rd Infantry Division
  9. 1956
  10. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
    Plot: Section #3, Lot#2536, Map Grid P-16

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