World War II's battle of Bastogne is a story of American grit, honor, ingenuity and resourcefulness -- the values upon which BDP was founded.
BDP's founder Dave Foster is a veteran of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. Although he served with the unit more than five decades after the Battle of Bastogne, he (like all Screaming Eagles since) continues to draw inspiration from the men whose bravery remains a foundation of the 101st's standing among the finest military units in the world.
0n 16 December 1944, General Eisenhower ordered elements of the 101st Airborne and 10th Armor Divisions along with associated units to move forward and reinforce the 28th Infantry in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium. Although outnumbered 10-1 and cut off from resupply amid snow and record freezing winter temperatures, the "Battered Bastards of Bastogne" beat back the German offensive for ten days until General Patton arrived with reinforcements the day after Christmas. At one point during the fight, the German commander sent a message to the division's commander General McAuliffe telling him he was surrounded and demanding surrender. McAuliffe's official response: "N U T S !" ("Go to Hell" in modern parlance). The German defeat at Bastogne was critical to the Allied victory at the Battle of the Bulge and remains a defining element of the 101st Airborne Division's identity.
In the United States, more than 500 WWII veterans pass away each day and with it our link to the Greatest Generation--those who went off to win a war and returned home to rebuild a great nation--is diminshed. As a veteran-owned business, BDP is proud to keep alive the memory of those who sacrificed so much to the benefit of us all.