Battle of the Bulge
Updated: 4/2/2020
Battle of the Bulge
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  • By December of 1944, it appeared to be just a matter of time before Germany suffered defeat. Its forces were low on fuel and ammunition, and the Allied air force dominated the skies.
  • Earlier that year, the Allies had gained footing in the European continent and had been making steady progress ever since.
  • The Allies were gaining territory so quickly that they were having trouble protecting their entire line. U.S. military commander Dwight D. Eisenhower chose to allow the Ardennes area, a thick forest, to be lightly defended. Eisenhower assumed that because of the area’s few roads, dense woodlands, hills, and winter snow, the Germans would not attack there. He thought wrong.
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  • At 5:30 a.m. on December 16, 1944, Germany attacked with more than 250,000 troops. The four divisions defending the Ardennes were not prepared for what was coming. Besides being outnumbered, the divisions had been placed there to train or to recuperate.
  • By the second day of fighting, many German divisions had broken through parts of the Allies’ line. This would eventually extend to about 60 miles long, creating a projection within the Allies’ line and earning the offensive the name “Battle of the Bulge.”
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