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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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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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