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16/12/1944 The Germans launch a final offensive in the west

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in eastern Belgium, northeast France, and Luxembourg, towards the end of World War II. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard.


  • Essentials 

  • Background 

  • Initial German assault 

  • Attack on the northern shoulder 

  • Attack in the center 

  • Attack in the south 

  • Allied counteroffensive 

  • German counterattack 

  • Strategy and leadership 

  • Casualties 

  • Result 

  • Media attention 

  • Bletchley Park post-mortem 

  • Battle credit 

  • In popular culture