Lets give credit where it is due. I was in the 103d Infantry Division.
At the time of the start of this battle, the 101st Airborne Division, Commanded by Major Gen Maxwell Taylor was holding Bastogne. Taylor was in Washington at the time and could not get back because of the bad weather.
McAuliffe was the acting commander and his 101st Airborne stopped the German drive. They became known as "The Battered Bastards of Bastogne".
When the smoke cleared, McAuliffe was promoted to Major General and was given command of the 103d Infantry Division, (my outfit). During the Ardennes offensive, the 103d was moved North West to anchor the south flank of the Bulge but we did not take the pounding the the 101st took at Bastogne.
But it was unbelievably c o l d