Westport/Weston Y's Men: Fleek remembers Battle of the Bulge

weston-YsMen-logoRetired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sherman Fleek, command historian for the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., will be the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston’s featured speaker at its Thursday, Dec. 11, meeting at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plain Road. He will speak on the Battle of the Bulge, focusing on the role of air power.

Coffee and donuts start at 9:45 a.m., Lt. Col. Fleek’s talk at 10:30.

Lt. Col. Fleek has written many articles on military, frontier army, Mexican War, and Civil War history. His first book was the award-winning History May Be Searched in Vain: A Military History of the Mormon Battalion.

He holds a master’s degree in American history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest fought by the American military in World War II. Seeking to capture Antwerp’s harbor, the Germans launched a surprise artillery attack along the 85-mile Ghost Front in the Ardennes area of eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg, beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, 1944. Aided by stormy weather, 250,000 German troops advanced west against 70,000 primarily American defenders. There were 90,000 American casualties.

The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston is an organization of semi-retired and retired men with a continued interest in activity, fellowship, learning, and community service.

Those interested in attending Lt. Col. Fleek’s presentation and learning more about the Y’s Men may contact Tom Douglas at [email protected] or 203-291-9975 or visit ysmenwestportweston.org.

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