December 22, 1944 (page 4)

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G.3.[1]

The Jerries separated the medic from the rest.  Stripped the guys of all there valuables.[2]

They shot five guys who would not give up there rings.  They cut off there fingers up to the knuckles and took the rings

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off that way.

They’ll have a hell of a fight trying to get mine off, if ever comes to that

Gosh, its cold as hell out today.  Sure will be a rotten Xmas this time.[3]

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Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. G-3 refers to the individuals third in command of an operation.  They were responsible for staff duties, exercise planning, training, operational requirements, combat development & tactical doctrine.
  2. There were wide reports of German soldiers wearing American uniforms and operating American Sherman tanks.  The Germans collected these disguises off of American corpses or following a raid such as the capture of the hospital unit.
  3. In the early fall of 1944 the opinion amongst the Allied forces was that Germany was incapable of any major offensive attacks.  In fact in October of 1943, General Dwight Eisenhower bet General Bernard Montgomery of the British Army 5 pounds that the Allies would be in Berlin by Christmas of 1944.  With the realization of Bastogne it was clear that Eisenhower lost that bet.

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