Battle of the Bulge. CONTENTS. STORY OF THE BATTLE STORY CONTINUED German Units Involved Tactical Surprise Initial Success Mounting Failures Allied Successes Costs of the Battle Media Contents. Media Contents. MAP 1 OF THE BATTLE MAP 2 OF THE BATTLE VIDEO OF THE BATTLE
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The Battle of the Bulge lasted from 16 December 1944 to15 January 1945. It was Hitler’s last attempt to win the European Theatre of World War II. His goal was to split the American and British forces in the Ardennes Forest and to recapture the port of Antwerp which was a source of Allied dependence for supplies. He planned the offensive to take place during the winter in bad weather to ground air forces. Hitler knew that otherwise the Luftwaffe could not provide enough air support and that the British and Americans could. The battle was intense at first, but as the cold and snow set in, the soldiers on both sides began to battle the elements as well as each other. Some the most intense fighting was in the town of Bastogne. A unit of the 101 Airborne division of the U.S. Army was surrounded for more than a month. They were stuck and were being attacked daily.
The only saving grace was that the German Army attacked with only one of the two artillery batteries that they had around the town of Bastogne. The 101st outlasted the Germans by simply holding out. They could not get reinforcements of food, ammo, or supplies because they were surrounded and the weather was so bad the Army Air Corps could not fly in a drop of food or supplies.
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