Less than a week later a massive German army blasted through the American lines in that very sector. It was the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest in American history. Stanley's division was destroyed. He and more than 8000 other men were commanded to surrender in less than four days.
Stanley was sent all the way across Germany to a POW camp near the Czechoslovakian border, where he was forced to build tank traps. Then it was a race. Which would come first: the invading Russian army, or death from starvation and overwork?