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Nineteen year old Private First Class George Korbel shown in 1943 shortly after his enlistment in the U.S. Army. Korbel was captured during the Battle of the Bulge in Germany in late 1944 and held prisoner in Germany's Stalag 4B prison camp until his rescue months later. Submitted photos

WWII POW left for dead, then rescued; he survived, married, moved to River Falls

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By autumn 1944, German leader Adolf Hitler's options were numbered. The Allies continued their march east toward Berlin.

Hitler needed to try something to stop them. His plan turned out to be the last major German offensive of World War II -- and one of the bloodiest.


On a cold, overcast Dec. 16, 1944, Hitler ordered three powerful German regiments to hit the weakest portion of the Allies' line in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg.

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