Event: World War II: The Defense of Bastogne, Fourth Annual Veterans Roundtable


Pearl Harbor Day: Fourth Annual Veterans Roundtable

Highland Park Historical Society will cohost with Highland Park American Legion Post 145 “World War II: The Defense of Bastogne”  with Robert Mueller, a battlefield historian on Monday December 3rd at 7:00 PM at the Highland Park Library.

The 101st Airborne Division’s heroic denial of the crucial Belgian transportation hub of Bastogne to attacking German forces during the Battle of the Bulge and the charging advance of elements of General George S Patton Jr’s US Third Army to break the enemy encirclement have entered legendary status in military history. Less recognized was the stubborn resistance by overwhelmed infantry and armored units at key road junctions in Belgium and Luxembourg. Without their willingness to sacrifice all in holding their ground, the defense of Bastogne would have never happen. Join battlefield expert Robert Mueller in reviewing individual contributions to defeat Hitler’s 1944 Winter Offense.

Afterwards American Legion Post 145 Commander Larry Sassorossi will moderate veterans and audience members reactions and recollections. Participants are encouraged to bring memorabilia to show.

Robert Mueller caught the battlefield bug when, as a child, he visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Retirement brought him the opportunity to visit and study the battlefields of Europe. He has written four visitor guides to the battlefields of Northern Europe under the Fields of War imprint which have garnered eleven national book awards including being honored by the Military Writers Society of America. His descriptive format and engaging writing style bring the history, significance, and people of the battlefield to life. He performed his military service in the US Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam era.

‘Pearl Harbor Day: Fourth Annual Veterans Roundtable,’ will be presented at the Highland Park Public Library Auditorium, 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park.  For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or  Admission is free.