Last day at @bigjimsdeli another #Baltimore icon cast adrift by greedy developers. It’s the only place in the world I was known as “Billy’s boy.” Best corned beef on rye with schweitzer on planet - my first was when I was 3 years old and today was the last. @crossstmarket won’t be the same. Thanks Anna ! R. I.P #BigJim & #Billy#greatestgeneration
7 hours ago
73 years ago the Battle of the Bulge started. Our boys were poorly equipped, slept in frozen foxholes & experienced the full force of Hitler's, lost many brothers and STILL beat back the Nazis. My great uncle was one of the survivors & would never talk about his experiences. #GreatestGeneration
Map of the Atlantic Wall indicating unit positions along the coast of The Netherlands (1942)
The Atlantic Wall was an extensive system of coastal defence and fortifications built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia as a defence against an anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe from the United Kingdom during World War II. The manning and operation of the Atlantic Wall was administratively overseen by the Wehrmacht, with some support from Luftwaffe ground forces. The German Navy maintained a separate coastal defence network, organised into a number of sea defence zones.
Hitler ordered the construction of the fortifications in 1942. Almost a million French workers were drafted to build it. The wall was frequently mentioned in Nazi propaganda, where its size and strength were usually exaggerated. The fortifications included colossal coastal guns, batteries, mortars, and artillery, and thousands of Wehrmacht troops were stationed in its defences.[a] When the Allies eventually invaded the Normandy beaches in 1944, most of the defences were stormed within hours. Today, ruins of the wall exist in all of the nations where it was built, although many structures have fallen into the ocean or have been demolished over the years.
12 hours ago
Today 73 years ago on December 16, 1944 the Battle of the Bulge begun. As the Allies on both the western and eastern front closed in on Germany, the Germans knew the end was near. Adolf Hitler made one last attempt to push back the Allies in the west and hopefully split up their forces. On December 16, 1944 Adolf Hitler sent 500,000 soldiers in a surprise attack on the Allied lines pushing them back but not splitting them up. The Germans created a Bulge 70 miles into allied territory. The US 101st Airborne was the only American force to be completely surrounded by the Germans in Bastogne, Belgium while the rest of the allies were further behind them. The Allies ended up fighting throughout December trying to push the Germans back. Both sides faced starvation, exhaustion, and freezing temperatures. The Allies also had to be aware of Germans posing as Allied soldiers since many took American uniforms. The 101st Airborne was on the brink of being totally wiped out and Allies desperately needed to rescue them. If the Germans took Bastogne, the Bulge would be gone and the German lines would be tougher to break through and a possible allied defeat in the war in Europe. US General George S Patton and his 3rd Army marched 100 miles in two days to Bastogne and rescued the 101st Airborne on December 26, 1944. After Patton's attack eventually the German Army grew weaker and the Allies started to push the Germans back. The Battle of the Bulge would last until January 16, 1945 with the Germans pushed back to Germany. The Battle would be the most intense battle in the war in Europe on the western front with 100,000 Germans and 80,000 Allies dead. After the Germans defeat in Belgium, Adolf Hitler knew the end was near but the war in Europe would not end until May 8, 1945. #WorldWar2#history#BattleoftheBulge#1944#1945#Belgium#Bastonge#101stAirborne#GeorgesPatton#3rdArmy#surrounded#coldwinter#GreatestGeneration