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Battle of the Bulge. Background. December 1944-January 1945. Major turning point in the war for the Axis Powers. Major German offensive. Geography of the battle. Occurred in Ardennes Forest of Belgium. Dense tree population . Nazis brought tanks through the forest.

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Battle of the bulge

Battle of the Bulge


Background

Background

  • December 1944-January 1945.

  • Major turning point in the war for the Axis Powers.

  • Major German offensive.


Geography of the battle

Geography of the battle

  • Occurred in Ardennes Forest of Belgium.

  • Dense tree population .

  • Nazis brought tanks through the forest.

  • Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks of the Second World War.

    • Cold winter months

    • Tanks vs. trees

    • Hardships along the way


Hitler s objective

Hitler’s objective

  • Split the allied line in half to weaken the relationship between Britain, United States, and France.

  • This would give Hitler one up on the Allies.

  • Tried to get Allies to sign a Peace Treaty in Hitler’s favor.

  • Offensive was planned in complete secrecy


Problems and implications

Problems and Implications

  • Nazis began to run out of fuel for their vehicles.

  • Lack of fuel forced them to abandon vehicles and walk back to Germany.

  • Biggest factor of Germany losing the battle

    • Hitler not listening to his generals and advisors.

    • Caused him to lose the battle and the war.


Death toll

Death toll

  • Americans lost 81,000 troops.

  • Germany lost 100,000 troops.

  • One of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War.

  • One of the bloodiest battles that the Americans fought in during the Second World War.


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