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Leon Kent, who stopped a line of tanks at Battle of the Bulge, dies at 99
Leon Kent, who stopped a line of tanks at Battle of the Bulge, dies at 99

In the first desperate hours of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, a young Army lieutenant was given an order that seemed impossible: stop a fast-moving column of German tanks from advancing. The three soldiers assigned to the lieutenant were not trained in anti-tank warfare. The only artillery piece available was designed to bring down airplanes, not tanks. And the firing position provided no cover if the tanks returned fire. A battlefield dispatch from the Associated Press described what happened: "Anti-aircraft gunners, who stayed behind when the infantry withdrew, played a vital role in preventing a major German breakthrough in Belgium. … One battery, commanded...

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