United States US Army Bastogne 22nd December 1944 Commemorative Plaque
- Product Code: MC-72
- Era: WW2 Availability:1
To commemorate the siege of Bastogne during the famous Battle of the Bulge brass plaques were made by a foundry in Couvin, Belgium. The basic design features two giant military figures towering above a Bastogne city view. The figure on the right is a German soldier offering surrender terms to American General McAuliffe depicted as a typical American with his hands in his pockets. McAulliffe as we all know eventually replied “Nuts” to the puzzled Germans. That famous word “Nuts” is displayed between the two figures below the “Screaming Eagle” patch of the 101st Airborne division. The parachutes in the background are purely symbolic since the American troops got to Bastogne in trucks. Reportedly the plaques were made by casting the brass from the old shell casings left over from the battle. The plaques were awarded to US Veterans for their service in the battle, and presented by grateful village officials and Bastogne civilians.
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