69th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

Posted in: World War II
Written on 16th December 2013 11:43am
American troops Battle of the Bulge

Today is the 69th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, one of the bloodiest battles fought in WW2. The Battle lasted over a month 16th December 1944 - 25th January 1945.

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, with huge casualties on both sides this was one of the bloodiest battle fought in WW2.
With the War almost over, the Allies believed they had the upper hand especially after the D-Day landings. The German plan was to slit the Allied forces apart with the American's in one half and the British in the other. Then they wished to capture Antwerp encircle the allied armies forcing the Allies to surrender.

Although the Axis powers did achieve a surprise and managed to attack a weakly defended Allied line using the weather to their advantage, resistance in the north near Elsenborn Ridge and in the south near Bastogne block the Axis routes, this gave the Allies to reinforce their troops. The weather soon improved so the Allied forces could attack from the air. This ofcource meant the downfall of the German Counter Offensive.

The Battle ended on 25th January 1945 resulting in 100,000 casualties for the Germans and over 80,000 for the Americans.

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