12.14.2004


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Ready to Fight
U.S. Army Signal Corps photo, dated December 21, 1944

Private Charles Preston, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, brushes snow from a 30-caliber machine gun mounted on his jeep. His unit, unidentified in the caption for security reasons, is moving against the German counterattack in the Ardennes. It is the first day of winter, 1944, and the Battle of the Bulge is barely a week old.

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