Who was Involved?


WWII Allies vs. Germany


Where/When did it take place?


December 16, 1944 to May 7, 1945
South East Belgium
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What happened?

Allied forces were closing in on Germany from the west and the Russians were coming in from the east. Hitler faced a war on two fronts. He took a gamble and attacked the allied forces to try and split Great Britain and France and surround them to take back France and destroy the French and British. The battle took place in the winter months of 1944 and 1945. The Germans attacked with three armies along a 75 mile line with tanks to try and split apart the French and British. This created a "bulge" of about 80 km (50 miles). It was a surprise attack to the allied forces, but they ended up fighting back and forcing the Germans to retreat.

Battle of the Bulge Story:

Germans in the Woods from StoryCorps on Vimeo.


Attack from the Germans:

Greatest Tank Battles: Battle Of The Bulge - PanzersAttack from Jen Casson on Vimeo.

Significance/Impact?



The Battle of the Bulge is extremely important in WWII due to the fact that this was the final battle which ended this conflict. Beginning in December 16, 1944, it ended on May 7, 1945, a.k.a. Victory in Europe Day. The Battle of the Bulge put Germany back in descent with its leader dead, and the Allies, especially the US, was able to rise back up.

Sources:
Beck, Roger B. McDougal Littell World History Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2008. Print.