Ardennes Counteroffensive (Battle of the Bulge) German Front Lines Battle Map
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 German operations map shows the front lines on 17 December 1944, which was the second day of the offensive. Note Eisenhower's headquarters in Paris and Patton's Third Army are annotated.
Result: Allied Victory
Dimensions (Width x Height): 20x23.8
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