World: The Patient Bookkeeper

Fog was so thick a man could hardly see ten feet. But in their foxholes north of Bastogne the paratroopers heard Germans talking in the woods ahead. They also heard snapping branches and clanking treads. The forward artillery observer sent a frantic call to the rear: "Serenade, serenade—request all additional artillery."

Smart General Patton had brought plenty of artillery into the Bastogne pocket. Thirteen battalions of big field guns laid down a two-hour barrage. The paratroopers heard German wounded screaming in the woods. Of 28 attacking German tanks, 21 were knocked out by artillery, three more by U.S. tanks and tank destroyers....

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