Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "Hitler's Last Gamble: The Battle of the Bulge" on Tuesday, December 17th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Department of the Interior Library.

On December 16, 1944, Adolf Hitler's forces launched a desperate attack on the American line to break through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard and became the costliest battle of World War II in terms of casualties for the United States, whose forces bore the brunt of the attack. The battle involved about 610,000 American troops, of whom some 19,000 were killed. The eventual Allied victory after six weeks of intense fighting became known in the United States as "The Battle of the Bulge” and signaled the forthcoming end of the Nazi regime.

Please join Park Ranger Paul O’Brian as he examines the historical significance of the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler’s last ditch attempt to swing the momentum of the war. The courage and fortitude of the American soldier was tested against great adversity. Nevertheless, the quality of his response ultimately meant the victory of freedom over tyranny.  

All that are interested are invited.  The DOI Library is located in the Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 in Washington.  Space for the program is limited so please go to the following link to register:


You may also contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] for more information about this program.   For information about future DOI Library Park Ranger Speaker Series programs, we encourage you to visit our Park Ranger Speaker Series website at http://www.doi.gov/library/programs/speaker.cfm.

We hope to see you on December 17th!

George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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