For John, BLUF: It was the Greatest Generation. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From the web magazine War on the Rocks we have a reprint of a 70 year old letter by US Army Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe. It is his 1944 Christmas Eve letter to the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, fighting the Germany Army in and around Bastogne during what became known as the Ardennes offensive. The letter is dated 24 December.
The letter ends:
We are giving our country and our loved ones at home a worthy Christmas present and being privileged to take part in this gallant feat of arms are truly making for ourselves a Merry Christmas.Regards — Cliff