The Battle of the Bulge was a battle that changed the world forever. This battle was started by Adolf Hitler on December 16, 2010. He saw the allied alliance between Britain, France, and the United States and claimed it was too weak. After he noticed this, he devised a plan that would destroy the allied forces and hopefully win them the war. After planning, he decided that we would launch an attack on Antwerp and Brussels. This battle would take place over one of the coldest and harshest winters during the war. This battle was the largest in World War Two leaving 81,000 Americans and 100,000 Germans dead.
The Battle of the Bulge was also commonly referred to as The Battle of Ardennes. It was then said to be called the Battle of the Bulge when Winston Churchill called it that due to the tactics of the Germans. This was Hitler’s last attempt at trying to win this war. This was fought in the winter of 1944-1945, toward the end of the war. The Nazi party was declining and if Hitler didn’t win this battle, than he knew the war would be over. To Hitler, the risk was worth it. If he won this, the Nazi party could grow and the Allies would decline. Hitler’s plan was to use the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Fifteenth Panzer Armies to launch a devastating attack on the Allied
Forces. His main plan was to capture Antwerp, which held a port which greatly supplied the Allied Forces. He would use the Sixth Panzer Army to capture Antwerp and that would devastate the Allied forces. The Fifth Panzer Army would attack the main center of the American Forces and drive them away. They would then go on to capture Brussels. The Seventh Panzer Army would attack on the other side of the Sixth, the southern flank. This would stop the U.S. from turning around and trying to stop the Fifth Panzer Army. The Fifteenth Panzer army would be used to counter any other attacks made by the Allied Forces. This attack would require over 1,000 armored vehicles and hundreds of thousands of troops. This battle started with a two hour bombing of the Allied forces by Germany. The U.S. was surprised by the attack and was not prepared to defend from it. After the bombardment, the Germans then set off in a massive vehicle attack. The Germans looked as if they were going to win the battle. Prior to the battle, English speaking Germans went into the camp with American uniforms and sent out misleading information about an attack. They also did such things as cut telephone lines, and changed road signs to disorient the Allied Forces. The beginning of the battle looked great for the Germans. The weather also played a big role in the start of the battle. It was a low level fog type day. This was typical for Ardennes in the winter. For the Germans, everything went right, for the Allies, everything went wrong. The Germans were proceeding rapidly and could not be stopped at the moment.