Dr. Robert and Iris Anderson: Battling on Two Fronts


Robert Anderson and his future wife Iris saw how devastating a World War can be, up close. For Bob, it was surviving the siege on Bastogne in Belgium as part of the “Battle of the Bulge.” Bob would see the devastation that constant combat and bombardment could do to a city and to the soldiers and citizens who had to endure the onslaught of the German Army. At the battle's beginning the U.S. Army was equipped with 80,000 men, 400 tanks, and 400 guns, while the Germans had 200,000 men, 600 tanks, and 1,900 guns. For Iris, it was treating the young wounded men in an Army hospital in Illinois.