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 (bă-stōn′, bă-stôn′yə)
A town of southeast Belgium near the Luxembourg border. It was a crucial point in the US defensive line during the World War II Battle of the Bulge (December 1944-January 1945).
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(bæˈstəʊn; French bastɔɲ)
(Placename) a town in SE Belgium: of strategic importance to Allied defences during the Battle of the Bulge; besieged by the Germans during the winter of 1944–45. Pop: 14 070 (2004 est)
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(bæˈstoʊn; Fr. baˈstɔn yə)

a town in SE Belgium: U.S. forces besieged here during German counteroffensive in 1944. 6816.
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My father was a member of the 101st Airborne and had served at Bastogne in Belgium.
Vith, the resistance of the 101st Airborne in Bastogne, German persistence with the siege at Bastogne, the airlift and the intervention of the Ninth US Air Force, the regrouping of the Third US Army, the role of air tactics, General Patton's counterattack, and the British counterattack.
The US Third Army broke through German lines at Bastogne, Belgium, in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was also a medic during Operation Market Garden and worked a first aid station during the Siege of Bastogne, during the Battle of the Bulge.
In Bastogne, Belgium, numbed by cold, snow and death, Malarkey was standing around a campfire when he realized he could squeeze the trigger on the pistol in his pocket and put a bullet in his foot; the "accident" would be a ticket back to England.
Hitler's plan was for Hosingen to be captured on day one so they could capture Bastogne by the end of day two on their way to the port of Antwerp.
It started in Liege and headed south to Bastogne, before making a wide loop back to the finish in the town of Ans in the Liege suburbs.
Tasked to hold the line, his organization was hit hard with only 750 soldiers out of 3,100 making it back to Bastogne. The remnants of his Division transferred to French control, fighting in the Alsace campaign until February 1945 then returning under U.S.
He survived Bastogne, but was wounded in combat somewhere in Holland, in early 1945.
He was with Patton when they marched to Bastogne. He had a great array of stories all of us enjoyed hearing.
Lamar Souter and his medical team's glider was towed into Bastogne under German artillery fire.
No Victory in Valhalla: The Untold Story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Bastogne to Berchtesgaden provides military readers with an in-depth survey of events that took place in 1944, where already-weary paratroopers faced a huge German offensive at the Battle of the Bulge.