1 June 2003, 04:30 AM
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McAuliffe's reply was apparently much more crude than Official US Military history will permit.
Many eyewitnesses to the event have been quoted as suggesting the Good General's choice of words were far more colorful.
Something about what he wished the German would do to and for himself.
"NUTS to you." is an expression from the period and helps one understand that it is not just "NUTS", which then and now is typically a single word expression of frustration or exasperation, in useage for Philippe: "Awww, NUTS" meaning, "Damn, that didn't work."
McAuliffe had a far different message to convey.
History apparently does not tolerate that kind of crudity. 101st guys that know say the General was pretty 'blue'.
"A King may move a man, a father may claim a son,
but remember that even when those who move you be Kings,
or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone.
When you stand before God, you cannot say,
"But I was told by others to do thus."
"Virtue was not convenient at the time."
This will not suffice.."
-Baldwin Four of The Baldwin Piano Company