I had never pictured the snow

There’s a new link circulating showing photos, some in color, of the soldiers from the Battle of the Bulge of WWII. My husband’s uncle died laying phone lines prior to that battle. I have letters from his buddies. The study of that time is both sad and fascinating.

But I had never pictured the snow.

We owe our soldiers so much. The last round saw desert sand instead of snow, but I can’t imagine that made it any easier.

I have a couple of posts rolling around in my head, but they aren’t coming together very easily. I’ll warn you I might not get around to it. We’ll see.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    Truly fascinating photos. The color makes them much more real and vivid.

    I too had a family member there ( 500,000 Americans were in the battle) who related that some soldiers urinated on their rifles to thaw them after they froze.

  2. this seems to be a political british link humanizing a nazi crying. im sure our own Smithsonian in DC has the same and maybe even, ESPN creator of the Ryan Braun solution episode. the brits have never repaid us for lend-lease. beware of foreign politics, if you think ours are sometimes strange. as a veteran who knows battlefield veterans we have no compassion for the enemies who seek to destroy us and our families. not in keeping with the multi-holiday season.

  3. My dad fought in the BotB. His got separated from his unit and ended up under a pine tree around which a German outfit built a small camp. The snow fell and hid his tracks. He kept hidden there for almost a week before they moved on, and wound up with severe pneumonia and landed in a field hospital for several weeks before heading back to the front line. The damage to his lungs was permanent, and he battled it his whole life. Then again, I’m sure smoking 2 packs a day didn’t help either.

  4. Thanks for sharing that story, Jim.

  5. my post was a mixed bag and i apologize. Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day went by without much fan fare and this story was overdue. the pride of WWII was the vast number of volunteers for the military. as a child i saw that many of the boys in the neighborhood did not return. sad but very true. the draft was up to 37 year olds with families. Gen. Ike and Pres. Truman did their job to end the bloodshed. a bi-partisan act.