Ardennes Counteroffensive (Battle of the Bulge) #1


The Ardennes Counteroffensive, also known as The Battle of the Bulge, was fought December 1944 to January 1945. It was the last offensive of the Germans in the West and their last attempt to stave off defeat. The goal of the offensive was to drive to the Meuse River and eventually onto Antwerp. With that the Allies would be split with the British to the north and the Americans to the south. The thinking went the Allies would be more likely to agree to end hostilities in the West, allowing the Germans to focus completely on the Soviets in the East. The Germans had initial success, but were eventually stopped and pushed back to the original lines by the end of January, 1945.

This progression map shows the front lines on three important days of the battle. On the left is 16 December, the day the Germany army unleashed their offensive. In the middle is 26 December, which was the furthest west the Germans penetrated. On the right is 25 January, the day the battle officially ended and the lines were stabilized. Note on 26 December the 101st Airborne surrounded at Bastogne.  

Result: Allied Victory

Created/Published: 1944-45

Dimensions (Width x Height): Multiple sizes

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