Famous Letter Demanding Surrender At Bastogne Goes On Display in Boston Museum

General Anthony McAuliffe; C-47s dropping supplies over Bastogne, 26 December 1944.

A museum in Boston has obtained two important World War II documents to add to their large collection of the items from that war.

The Museum of World War II claims that the newest additions to their collections show the “American spirit at the end of the war.”

The first document is an English translation of a German letter from 1944 that demanded the US surrender during a battle at Bastogne, Belgium.

US Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s famous response to that letter was, “NUTS!”

McAuliffe led the 101st Airborne Division to hold Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge – considered one of the greatest victories of the US military, Military Times reported.

The second document is an original and previously unknown copy of the Potsdam Proclamation which called for the unconditional surrender of Japan.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE