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« on: January 19, 2009, 06:19:14 PM »

WWII officer who said `nuts' to Germans dies
 The Associated Press
 
 Retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who suggested
 the famously defiant answer "Nuts!" to a German demand for surrender
 during the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 93. Kinnard, a
 career soldier who in later years was the principal architect of the
 Army's concept of using helicopters in infantry warfare in Vietnam,
 died in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 5, his family told The New York Times.
 
 A native of Dallas, Kinnard graduated from West Point in 1939 and spent
 30 years in uniform, retiring in 1969. He parachuted into Normandy on
 D-Day, June 6, 1944, with the newly organized 101st Airborne Division
 and was decorated for heroism during its drive against German forces in
 the Netherlands.
 
 When Hitler launched a surprise counteroffensive in December, the
 101st, then in France, was rushed into action and seized key road
 junctions at the Belgian town of Bastogne, where the Americans were
 quickly surrounded by the enemy. On Dec. 22, Kinnard, then a
 29-year-old lieutenant colonel and the division's operations officer,
 was present when four German couriers arrived at the American lines
 under a flag of truce with a written demand to surrender in two hours
 or face annihilation.
 
 Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, the 101st's artillery chief and acting
 division commander in the absence of Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor,
 laughed and remarked, "Us surrender? Aw, nuts," and then wondered aloud
 how he should reply. As recalled later by himself and other witnesses,
 Kinnard suggested that McAuliffe tell the Germans "what you just said
 ... nuts."
 
 McAuliffe scribbled: "To the German commander: Nuts! The American
 commander."
 
 On the way back to the defense line, a U.S. officer explained to the
 puzzled Germans that "nuts" meant the same thing as "go to hell." The
 paratroopers held against further attacks and four days later the siege
 was broken by Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's tank forces. The massive
 German counterattack - the last major offensive effort by Hitler's
 forces - collapsed two weeks later.
 
 In the 1960s, Kinnard, a trained aviator, was a key developer of the
 Army's helicopter "air assault" concept at Fort Benning, Ga., and first
 applied it in combat in Vietnam as commander of the 1st Cavalry
 Division (Airmobile).
 
 A memorial is planned for March 19 at Fort Myer, Va., according to the
 Army Times.
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