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In Europe, the most famous of all the Shermon tanks still
visible today is probably the one at McAuliffe Square in Bastogne.
This tank proudly carries the colors of the 4th Armored
Division, which freed the encirclement of Bastogne on
December 26th 1944.
On December 11,
1999, during the Foire aux Noix and the
commemorative ceremonies for the anniversary of the
Battle of the Bulge, the Cercle dHistoire de
Bastogne was happy to present its new book.
The book, entitled The
Sherman at McAuliffe Square in Bastogne. The True Story,
is written both in English and in French.
The authors, Jacques DEGIVE, Robert FERGLOUTE
and Roger MARQUET,
gathered testimonies from the players involved in the
Sherman destruction (on December 30th,
1944 in Renuamont). They
resorted to the Belgian, American and German archives.
The book tells more than just the tanks history. The authors also
recounted the life of the crew members. Four of the five crew
members survived the war, and one of them, Ivan
Goldstein, visited Bastogne and his tank in
May of 1998. The
daughter of driver Andrew Urda, Alene, took the same trip
in December 1998. Why
call it the true story? Because too many
mistakes and inaccuracies were made concerning this tank,
and the authors proved that the vehicle belonged to the
11th Armored Division. Moreover, they are
initiating the dedication of a sign which would recall
the tank and its crews story. Fifty five years
later is never too late
This is the exciting story of that tank!