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Western Front

Battle of the Bulge Part 3: Bastogne of 26 and 27 December 1944

The town of Bastogne, defended by the 101st Airborne Division, was encircled by 20 December 1944. On 27 December --the day the siege was lifted-- the garrison was imaged by USAAF reconnaissance showing defenses, resupply and evidence of Luftwaffe bombing. More interestingly, a low-level sortie flown the previous day captured the moment when elements of the American 4th Armored Division (3rd Army) at Remichampagne began the push to open a corridor to the besieged town.

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