Battle of the Bulge Display Cases Part One: Luger P08

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Project by NDVermin posted 03-05-2016 05:08 PM 5044 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my next project I turned my attention to another legendary battle, the “Battle of the Bulge.” Hitler’s last ditch effort to turn the tide of WW2 with a massive surprise offensive launched in total secret through the Ardennes Forest. This was largely a German Vs. U.S. battle so that will be the focus of these two pieces.
The first case is for a Luger P08, a classic sidearm of the Wehrmacht. The second case in development will be representing the US side and feature the legendary M1911A1 carried by the US troops.

The case features several design details highlighting the German effort during that winter of 1944-1945. The map focuses on perhaps the most famous part of the battle (though hardly the only significant portion) with the battle raging around the Belgian town of Bastogne, famously defended by the US 101st Airborne and “relieved” by Patton’s 3rd Army. The panel behind the Luger carries the Division symbols of significant Wehrmacht and SS Units which took part in the battle, in order:, Panzer Lehr, 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich,” and 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend.” 1st SS Panzer Division “Adolf Hitler.”

Finally the letter is an exact copy (spelling mistakes included) of the surrender order delivered to the 101st Airborne which Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe earned lasting fame with his reply of “Nuts.”

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*Important Note – I realize this is NOT a WW2 forum and some people are rightfully offended by German WW2 symbols. I have also found that the type of clients interested in these cases prefer historical authenticity by utilizing the original symbols. I have edited the top photo here out of respect for this woodworking community, but please don’t interpret the subject as an endorsement in any way of the horrible crimes committed during those terrible years. My companion piece to this will proudly feature the Stars and Stripes on the cover as it focuses on the American side….thanks.

-- Scott - and

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#1 posted 03-05-2016 06:52 PM

This is spectacular, thanks for sharing. Even better posed with a pile of peanuts next to it or incorporated somehow…

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#2 posted 03-05-2016 07:08 PM

Thank you sfrobk – I feel silly but I’m not sure I get the peanuts reference?

-- Scott - and

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#3 posted 03-05-2016 07:20 PM

Beautiful tribute and realy great looking box. Especialy all woodworking details on it, miter and finger joints.

From historical point of view, Germans made this trick and ’’surprised’’ allies third time on the same area.
WWI entered Belgium and France, again in WWII entered Belgium and France, finaly they managed to ’’surprise’’ them for the third time at december 1944. – ubeleviable!

Luckily, 101st wasn’t that impressed. Thank you guys.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-05-2016 07:42 PM

Great work. I have a great appreciation for stuff like this.

My pawpaw is a vet of the pacific. He still remembers all the battles his group was involved in. Especially when he was involved in the fighting as a marine. He was on Iwo Jima as well.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 07:59 PM

Thank you Fridge and please thank your dad for his service for me. I love hearing the vets share their stories when they are up for it, as horrible as it was, it’s always incredible to hear from people who were there.

-- Scott - and

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 08:31 PM

Nice, I really like how you incorporated history into the piece.

The nuts comment is referring to Gen. McAuliffe’s response during the battle of the bulge. Surrounded, the Germans demanded surrender, he responded “Nuts!” They held the Germans off until reinforcements arrived.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#7 posted 03-05-2016 08:34 PM

Ha ha – I knew I’d feel foolish….for some reason my brain didn’t connect “peanuts” with “nuts!” I think I’ve been inhaling too much wood dust….yes, the companion piece I want to make next will prominently feature McAuliffe’s response of “Nuts!” Thanks

-- Scott - and

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#8 posted 03-05-2016 08:41 PM

That should be great! Please make sure you post it here so we can check it out.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#9 posted 03-06-2016 12:49 AM

History & woodworking-2 of my favorite things. Both aspects of this project turned out great,

I had an uncle from Buffalo that received a Purple Heart for wounds received during the Battle of the Bulge. I was glad to see the parenthesis around the “relieved by Patton & the 3rd Army”, my understanding is that 82nd A.B. veterans didn’t/don’t like that reference.

Thanks for sharing this awesome project.

Bill in MI

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#10 posted 03-06-2016 01:09 AM

Thank you Bill- great family history with your uncle! And yes, I don’t know if any 82nd or 101st airborne trooper ever needed to be rescued, but they didn’t at the Bulge and they made that clear :-)

-- Scott - and

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#11 posted 03-06-2016 06:15 AM

Extremely nice work!
I understand WWII history buffs who would really a appreciate this project as much as I do.
The amount of detail and precision make it beautiful.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#12 posted 03-06-2016 02:21 PM

Thanks Hans :-)

-- Scott - and

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#13 posted 03-06-2016 02:47 PM

You have done a fine job on this box. It’s a wonderful piece of WWII memorabilia and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 03-06-2016 04:32 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 03-07-2016 01:44 PM

You honor the sacrifice soldiers have made on both sides, whether their aims were appropriate or not. They answered the call of their country and were willing to give their lives if necessary.

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