Lt. Gen. Harry Kinnard–at the time a Lieutenant Colonel–was fighting for survival in the Battle of the Bulge. Two German
pieces of crapofficers offered him a chance to surrender, or see his troops face destruction.
Kinnard handed the Germans the mother of all responses: “Nuts!”
This was his Christmas message:
What’s merry about all this, you ask? Just this: We have stopped cold everything that has been thrown at us from the North, East, South and West. We have identifications from four German Panzer divisions and one German parachute division. The Germans surround us, their radios blare our doom. Their commander demanded our surrender, and received the following reply… ‘NUTS!’ We are giving our country and our loved ones at home a worthy Christmas present, and, being privileged to take part in this gallant feat of arms, are truly making for ourselves a Merry Christmas.
The good General was 93.