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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:15 PM

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The German Ardennes offensive, popularly known as the battle of the Bulge, was a desperate attempt, initiated by Hitler to reverse the tide of the war in the west. Three German armies were engaged, Sixth SS Panzer, Fifth Panzer, and Seventh Army. The attack was launched early on 16 December. Some American soldiers, encircled on the snowy uplands, surrendered, and in the north Lt Col Jochen Peiper's battle group of Sixth SS Panzer Army initially made good progress. In the centre Fifth Panzer Army encircled Bastogne, containing 101st Airborne Division. The Allies were surprised by the attack. They had received little intelligence that such an attack would take place. After a day of hard fighting, the Germans broke through the American front, surrounding most of an infantry division, seizing key crossroads, and advancing their spearheads toward the Meuse River, creating the projection that gave the battle its name. The Germans had advanced 60 miles in two days but from December 18th on, they were in a position of stalemate. The fighting was ferocious. The New Year’s period was a time of particularly intensive fighting as the Germans attempted to start a second front in Holland. This time in the Ardennes coincided with a period of intense cold and rain and the soldiers on the ground faced very difficult conditions. The Battle of the Bulge was the largest battle fought by the Americans in World War II. 600,000 American troops were involved in the battle. The Americans lost 81,000 men while the Germans lost 100,000 killed, wounded and captured. In Bastogne, American tankers and paratroopers fought off repeated attacks, and when the acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne was summoned by his German adversary to surrender, he simply responded, "Nuts!" This is their story!
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:45 PM

First! Sounds cool.

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