BATTLE OF THE BULGE
HQ 30th Corps (Rear), S&T Branch, BLA
January 6 I945
Your cigars were a most splendid present and are in ﬁrst-class condition.
I smoked one Xmas night and everyone crowded around me for the
aroma. Thank you very much for them.
We spent a rather better Xmas than the German offensive led us to
expect, and we celebrated in ﬁne style the evening although we were at
our desks during the day. It was a beautiful ﬁne, clear day, but cold
and treacherous to the feet.
The German offensive certainly shook up the_Belgians. I am very
sorry for those who were once again overrun by the enemy — the
atrocities they have committed do not bear reading — they went mad
for revenge shooting civilians on sight. It was fortunate for Belgians
there was a . . .
It is easy to criticise and be clever after the event, and the Americans
certainly have responded with the utmost vigour and gallantry. It is
however, incomprehensible how the Hun assembled without their
knowledge, if it was done under the cover of bad weather - reason more
for expecting an attack.
Taking by and large the effect and the result, it is certainly satisfactory
militarily that we came out as it was much easier to inﬂict losses on him
in the open rather than in the Siegfried Line —and if you are going to
follow a man into a house the easiest way to do so is to follow him in
while the door is open.
It has certainly stopped unrest in Belgium and reunited the nation.
It has also fetched America out of the apathy she was beginning to slip
into — I do not think that England was free from that tar. The war
seemed so nearly over and shouting was the only thing necessary to
I hope that this will arrive on or about the 11th, and so many happy
retums of that day and all other days of 1945.
With dearest love,