Okay I know this has been five days in a row for the WW2 Battle of the Buldge, but I promise it will be the last ones this week. You will see some more again, maybe not next week but again for sure. I thought I would end the week giving those of you that are not into history a little history on the battle. And for those of you that are into history just think of it as a little refresher class.
The Battle of the Bulge, popular name in World War II for the German counterattack in the Ardennes, Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945. It is also known as the Battle of the Ardennes. On Dec. 16, 1944, a strong German force, commanded by Marshal von Rundstedt, broke the thinly held American front in the Belgian Ardennes sector. Taking advantage of the foggy weather and of the total surprise of the Allies, the Germans penetrated deep into Belgium, creating a dent, or "bulge," in the Allied lines and threatening to break through to the N Belgian plain and seize Antwerp. An American force held out at Bastogne, even though surrounded and outnumbered. The U.S. 1st and 9th armies, temporarily under Field Marshal Montgomery, attacked the German salient from the north, while the U.S. 3d Army attacked it from the south. Improved flying weather (after Dec. 24) facilitated Allied counterattacks. By Jan. 16, 1945, the German forces were destroyed or routed, but not without some 77,000 Allied casualties.
Now time for a plug, if you have never watched Band Of Brothers it is without a doubt the best WW2 for the TV ever made, check it out.