In December 1944 the Ardennes
Offensive (known to Americans as the Battle of the Bulge) in which Joseph
Begin participated. The Battle of the Bulge lasted from December 16, 1944
to January 25, 1945 it was the largest land battle of World War II. More than
a million men fought in this battle Joseph Begin served under George Patton's Third Army with The 180th
Engineer Battalion (Heavy Ponton) one of approximately 2000 units that participated
in the Bulge and received credit for the Battle of the Ardennes. The German
military force consisted of two Armies with ten corps (equal to 29 divisions).
While the American military force consisted of a total of three armies with
six corps (equal to 31 divisions).
Below is a picture of the Certificate I got from
The Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Assn.
The Certificate is available at
the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Assn. Web Site
Please go to www.battleofthebulge.org
and check out this wonderful Web Page.
I would also like to say Thanks to VBOB Secretary John
Bowen for all his help and input in
getting information on my Grandfather Joseph Begin.