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Augusta Chiwy, Battle of the Bulge nurse, dies

Published 26/08/2015 | 13:19

Augusta Chiwy helped save hundreds of lives during the Battle of the Bulge. (AP)
Augusta Chiwy helped save hundreds of lives during the Battle of the Bulge. (AP)

A Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of the Second World War has died aged 94.

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Augusta Chiwy died on Sunday and will be buried in the town of Bastogne, south-east Belgium on Saturday following a civilian and military ceremony, according to her family.

The Battle of the Bulge came during the final stages of the war when Adolf Hitler launched a major offensive against Allied forces. About 80,000 American soldiers were killed, captured or wounded.

Chiwy volunteered in 1944 to assist in an aid station in Bastogne, where wounded and dying US soldiers in their thousands were being treated by a single doctor.

She received a Belgian knighthood and a US award for valour in 2011.

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