Gen. Anthony McAuliffe
Born: July 2, 1898, Washington, D.C.
Died: August 11, 1975 (age 77)
Anthony Clement McAuliffe was the United States Army general who
commanded the defending 101st Airborne troops during the Battle of
Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He is
famous for his single-word reply to a German surrender ultimatum:
What do you know about General Anthony Clement McAuliffe?
"Nuts" to this World War 2 History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of
1. McAuliffe was a student at West Virginia University from 1916-17,
and graduated from West Point in November 1918.
2. What Army division was McAuliffe serving as Commander of Division
when he parachuted into Normandy on D-Day?
3. How did he enter into Holland during Operation Market Garden?
4. In December 1944, when the German army launched their surprise
offensive, General Maxwell D. Taylor, commander of the 101st Airborne
Division, was away, attending a staff conference. Where was the
- United States
5. In Taylor's absence, acting command of the 101st and its attached
troops fell to McAuliffe. At Bastogne, the 101st was besieged by a
far-larger force of Germans under the command. Who demanded that the
- General Hasso von Manteuffel
- General Peter Becker
- General Heinrich Freiherr von Lottwitz
6. The 101st was able to hold off the German assault until units
arrived to provide reinforcement. What division provided reinforcements?
- 4th Armored Division
- 10th Armored Division
- 130th Infantry Division
7. For his actions at Bastogne, McAuliffe was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross by General Patton on December 30, 1944,
followed later by the Distinguished Service Medal.
8. After the Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe was given command of his
own division in the US 7th Army, which he led from January 15, 1945 to
July, 1945. What is the Division?
- 53rd Infantry Division
- 73rd Infantry Division
- 103rd Infantry Division
9. When did he retired from the Army?
10. Where is General Anthony Clement McAuliffe buried?
- Calvary Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire
- Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia