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The Battle of the Bulge Pocket T-shirt — Only available in 2XL

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Our original design on a very limited pocket t-shirt. Only available in 2XL and will not be reprinted.

The shirt: 

  • Military green — Size: 2XL: 100% cotton, 4.3 oz with pocket on the left chest. Imported.

This design is also available in a made in America t-shirtwomen's v-neck shirt, a long-sleeved shirt, a hooded sweatshirtand a long-sleeved shirt with UPF protection.

Our original design includes these historical references:

• What became known as the "Battle of the Bulge" was the Ardennes Offensive, and the response of the Allies, the Ardennes Counteroffensive.

• The battle lasted for five weeks, from December 16, 1944 to January 28, 1945, towards the end of the war in Europe.

• The 101st Airborne Division was surrounded at Bastogne and being shelled.

• "NUTS" was the (probably sanitized) reply from Brig. Gen. Anthony Mcauliffe to the letter from the attacking German Forces offering an opportunity to surrender. 

• An excerpt from Mcauliffe's Christmas Letter to his troops:

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.

/s/ A. C. McAULIFFE
/t/ McAULIFFE
Commanding.

• The  Sherman Cobra King pictiured broke through to link up with the 101st Airborne Division on the outskirts of Bastogne on December 26.

• The line running down the center is a tracing from the map of enemy positions on December 25.

Included with every shirt: A 5" x 8" card with the entire Christmas letter that McAuliffe had distributed to his troops, the letter from the German Commander offering McAuliffe the opportunity to surrender his encircled troops, and the propaganda flier that the the Germans distributed to American troops encouraging them to desert.

See more historical background below.

Our WWII Collection

Browse through all our original designs in our WWII collection, including Pearl Harbor, Midway, "V" for Victory with all of the battles listed, History Nerd paratrooper / Operation Overlord, Operation Market Garden, She's a W.O.W., a print with more than 100 posters from the homefront, our Victory pin, and more.


Historical accounts and background

The US Army's account of the "NUTS" reply.

 

Sherman Jumbo "Cobra King"

Company C, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division

Cobra King at The National Museum of the United States Army

As shown in the photo above, the M4A3E2 Sherman Cobra King is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Army outside of Washington, DC. 

This is the text on the panel beside the tank:

"M4A3E2 Sherman Cobra King links up with encircled defenders of the 101st
Airborne Division on the outskirts of the town of Bastogne on 26 December
1944. The breakthrough opened the way for Allied forces to begin the counteroffensive that ended the Battle of the Bulge. In March 1945, Cobra King was put out of action during the unsuccessful mission to liberate American prisoners of war at a POW camp near Hammelburg, Germany.

"CREW MEMBERS

  • 1st Lt. Charles P. Boggess,
  • Cpl. Milton Dickerman,
  • Pvt. James G. Murphy,
  • Pvt. Hubert S. Smith, and
  • Pvt. Harold Hafner after the Bastogne linkup."

Here's the story of how the tank was tracked down and authenticated in 2008.

 


Thanks to Larisa for her suggestion of a Battle of the Bulge shirt, and to Martin Quinn and Mike Manning for reviewing the historical details.

History behind the design

Shipping

Key dates for holiday shopping

December 15 at 3 pm Eastern: Our recommended deadline for domestic Christmas delivery via USPS.  While we can't guarantee delivery regardless of carrier, our hope is that if you order by December 15, USPS will have been able to get orders to domestic addresses by Christmas.  However, regardless of when you order, we strongly recommend UPS.

December 19 at 3 pm Eastern: Our recommended deadline for UPS 3 Day Select

December 22 at 3 pm Eastern: Our recommended deadline for UPS Overnight delivery.

Our recommendation for shipping during the holidays

While we don't know what this year will look like, during the 2021 holiday, a larger number of packages got stuck for days and weeks at some USPS sorting hubs.  While we didn't see this over the 2022 holiday, we strongly recommend selecting UPS during the holidays.

 


For shipments to addresses within the U.S. (scroll down for International shipping) 

Flat-rate shipping: Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, and button packs is $5.95.

For hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets, the shipping cost is $8.95. 

Our flat rate shipping means you can add two or more t-shirts, sweatshirts, or caps for no additional shipping charge.

Note that some large or heavy items, including larger framed prints, may have a different shipping charge or a shipping surcharge. When they do, it will be noted on the product page.

 

Timing

We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them. This applies to in-stock items. Framed items or items requiring personalization may take up to two weeks longer. If there is an extended delay, it will be noted on the product page.

We close for a week over Independence Day and Christmas. A notice will appear at the top of every page of the site in advance of this closure.

We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are using USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

Additional notes:

  • When fulfillment takes longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
  • If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
  • If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.

    Charges for shipping to destinations in the United States and to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses

    • Free shipping
      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

    • US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. (See more on UPS in the next section.) 

      • $5.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $5.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $8.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

    We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.

      UPS 3 Business Day Select 

      Note: UPS 3 Business Day select is not available for addresses in Hawaii and Alaska. If UPS is selected for Hawaii or Alaska, the order will be shipped UPS Ground.

      Cut off time: Orders received by 3 pm Eastern will ship the same business day.  Applies to in-stock items that do not require personalization or signing.
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day, and this includes delivery on Saturday.  This applies to the 48 contiguous states. 
          • $14.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $18.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

          • If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

        • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
        Before placing your order, call 469-233-7712.

        For shipments to addresses outside the United States

        Destinations

        We only ship to locations that are served by US Postal Service International Service.

        Charges

        • Canada and Mexico

          • $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
          • $24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

        • Rest of the World

          • Rates starts at $65.00.

        Additional charges for all destinations

        Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

        If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

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          All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.

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          Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.

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