Battle of the Bulge summary
Hidden from Allied air surveillance, the Germans massed their forces to attack through the Ardennes hoping to reach open ground beyond the Meuse for a dash to the coast. The offencive started on 16 December 1944
- The Germans tried to repeat their 1940 performance and drive the Allies to a new Dunkirk
- North: Sixth Panzer Army's infantry units fared badly against 2nd and 99th Infantry Divisions. Center: The Fifth Panzer Army attacked positions held by the U.S. 28th and 106th Infantry Divisions with great success. South: US Army Corps VIII blocks the advance of the 7th German Army
- North: Sixth Panzer Army advance but fails to reach army depots. Center: The Fifth Panzer Army reached Bastogne but after 101st Airborn was rushed there.
- North: Sixth Panzer Army is blocked by 82nd Airborn. Center: Bastogne is surrounded and bypassed. The race to the west continues.
- Center: On the 22/23 December the Fifth Panzer Army is only a few kilometers ahead of Dinant. But stiff resistance, supply problems and the threat to it's flanks make further advance impossible.
- Bastogne is relieved from the by Putton and the 4th armor and a counteroffensive begins. Germans counterattack but are forced to withdraw.