Two of Montana’s many veterans, Randy LeCocq and myself, will be telling the story of the Battle of the Bulge, from a Montana perspective at the Billings Public Library, Thursday, Nov. 15, between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
The Battle of the Bulge cost the lives of more than 25,000 U.S. soldiers, as they defeated the last German strategic offensive of World War II. We have walked and ridden the critical sectors of the battlefield, including Elsenborn Ridge, Malmedy, St. Vith and Bastogne. There will be a general discussion of our book, "The Battle of the Bulge: A Montana Perspective," in which we tried to convey how our soldiers stopped a surprise steamroller attack, while operating in freezing conditions with enormous casualties, outnumbered at the points of attack by five to ten times their own strength.
We have gathered first impressions in the deep snow of winter, similar to the conditions during the actual fighting, and have located the actions of some Montanans caught up in the fighting. Hopefully, the relatives from the Billings area of other Montanans who did the fighting will come for the hour discussion following the presentation.