In December 1944, World War 2 was tipping in favor of the Allied Forces. During that time, the American general McAuliffe was commanding the 101st Airborne Division.  The Germans were launching one of the last massive counterattacks in the Battle of the Bulge.

On December 22, the 101st Airborne was besieged and completely surrounded at the small town of Bastogne in Belgium. The German commander made a formal written request to McAuliffe to surrender.  McAuliffe’s response was verbatim: “To the German Commander. NUTS! The American Commander”.  Confused about its meaning the Germans had to ask the messenger, who then told them that it means “Go to hell!” The 101st Airborne held out until 4 days later reinforcements helped them to win the battle.

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