[PW] Battle of the Bulge Quote (Quotation Query #741)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at yale.edu
Sun May 1 07:04:17 PDT 2016

Here's one for the military historians.  The Battle of the Bulge quote, "They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards," is often attributed to Creighton Abrams.  Is it likely that Abrams did originate this, or was it an anonymous saying that later got attached to Abrams' name?  Is there any evidence of the quote's usage before 1961, which is the earliest I can readily find?

Fred Shapiro

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