Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Located on a plateau 1600 feet above sea level, the small Belgium market town of Bastogne had been the focus of military strategy for centuries. In the fall of 1944, Adolf Hitler snapped out of the lethargy induced by the attempt on his life the previous summer and determined to go back on the offensive, to seize again the initiative lost when the Allies invaded Normandy. On the morning of December 16, 1944, thousands of German troops and tanks surged back across the Allied lines in an attempt to throw them into the sea. This action became the Battle of the Bulge.