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The Battle of the Bulge

(1944—1945)

The Battle of the Bulge was a German offensive and one of the last attempts for Hitler's Army to turn back the tide of World War II on the Western Front. In December 1944, the Germans hoped to drive through the Ardennes Forest of Belgium to the coast of the English Channel in order to take back the territory lost since the D-day invasion. The German Army initially plowed down the Allies, creating a bulge in the Allied defensive lines, and many European civilians feared another Nazi takeover. However, the Nazi's success was short-lived. Within a month, the Allied Army, largely made up of U.S. soldiers, pushed back the Germans and closed the bulge by the end of January 1945. Despite the bitter cold and lack of supplies, the Americans fought hard and stayed strong. This victory for the Allies crushed the German Army's hopes for ultimate success, but with any victory come the scars of battle and the legacies of fallen heroes.

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Bridges are strictly no place to be when TAC P-47s are overhead, as evidenced by positions of these two German armored vehicles in Belgium. Attacks like this were a prime factor in routing Von Rundstedt's mid-winter advance.
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"American soldiers, stripped of all equipment, lie dead, face down in the slush of a crossroads somewhere on the western front." Captured German photograph. Belgium, ca. December 1944. Source:www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photo/images/ww2-186.jpg
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Source: http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/ww2-168.jpg "We were getting our second wind now and started flattening out that bulge. We took 50,000 prisoners in December alone." American soldier with captured Germans. Ca. 1944. 208-YE
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Source: http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/ww2-113.jpg "Chow is served to American Infantrymen on their way to La Roche, Belgium. 347th Infantry Regiment." Newhouse, January 13, 1945. 111-SC-198849.
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Frank Eugene Dawson (KIA in the Battle of the Bulge)
Frank Eugene Dawson (KIA in the Battle of the Bulge)
The Battle of the Bulge didn't officially commence until 16 Dec 1944. I want to know of the specifics of Uncle Gene's death.
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Lt. Colonel Chickering Of The 367Th Fighter Group, Poses Beside His Lockheed P-38 'Gung Ho' At An Air Base In Belgium. 3 January 1945.
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Maj. Gen. E.R. Quesada, whose 9th Tactical Air Command pilots played a principal role in driving the Germans from St. Vith, Belgium, inspects a bomb crater in the village with his chief of combat operations, Col. Gilbert Meyers, left. Gen. Quesada's
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More than 100 9th Air force Martin B-26 Marauders Christmas afternoon dropped their bomb loads on the heart of St. Vith, Belgium, the important road junction and communications center captured by the Germans in their counter-offensive. Marauders
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Houffalize, Belgium, an important enemy comunications center during von Rundstedt's advance, as it appeared after repeated bombardments.
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A Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of the 365th Fighter-bomber group, ready for a mission against German strong points impeding the progress of U.S. Ground troops. In the foreground is an anti-aircraft weapon, consisting of four .50 caliber machine guns
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A 9th Air force Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter-bomber, framed by wreckage wrought on this ofrmer Luftwaffe base by Allied air power. Parked on a hardstand in Belgium. Operating from bases close to the fighting fronts, Lightnings, Thunderbolts
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Part Of A Convoy Of 237 Vehicles Including Both Trucks And Armor Is Seen Moving West Near St. Vith, Belgium Inthis Night Photograph Taken On 23 December 1944.
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Supply Train Of Douglas C-47'S Pass Over The Snow-Swept Meadows, To Drop Much Needed Medical Supplies And Ammunition For The Men Of The 101 Airborne Division, Who Held Bastogne, Belgium For Ten Days Against The Germans.
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A Douglas C-47 Of The 9Th Troop Carrier Command Drop Supplies Over Bastogne, Belgium. 23 Dec. 1944.
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A Formation Of Douglas C-47S Of The 9Th Troop Carrier Command Wing Their Way Over Bastogne, Belgium. 23 December 1944.
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Aerial View Of The Bomb Damaged City Of Bastogne, Belgium. 8 May 1945.
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A German Mobile 15Cm Howitzer [Sig 33 'Bison'] Silenced By Ninth Air Force Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter-Bombers Of The Ix Tactical Air Command Near Trois Ponts, Belgium. His Armored Spearheads Blunted By The Ninth'S Three Tactical Air Commands During
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Belguim - The 88Mm Gun [75Mm Pak 40 Antitank Gun] And The German [Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Sd.Kfz. 171] Tank Behind It Were Rendered Useless By Ninth Air Force Fighter-Bombers And U.S. Anti-Tank Gunners On The Staumont-Stavelot Highway During Recent Fig
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DURING: Consolidated B-24's have just bombed (C), which later reconnaissance showed heavily damaged, including 9 direct hits on machine & assembly shops. At (A), two assembly shops, 3 flight hangars & machine shops were destroyed or heavily damaged.
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The Malmedy Massacre

Malmedy, Belgium

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The Malmedy Massacre took place on December 17, 1944. After a short battle, 150 American soldiers surrendered to German troops. These soldiers were captured and subsequently shot without any apparent cause or trial. Ninety of the soldiers were killed. During the Dachau Trials in 1946, the German soldiers responsible for the massacre, and several others, were tried. Most officers were imprisoned for life, and only one was released. These documents summarize the events at Malmedy that resulted in the tragic deaths of 90 American soldiers.  

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Casualties:
American: 76,000 1
German: Approximately 100,000 2
Countries Involved:
Canada: Allies 3
Germany: Nazi 3
Great Britain: Allies 3
United States: Allies 3
Event:
Also known as: Ardennes-Alsace Campaign 3
Name: The Battle of the Bulge 3
2nd US Armored Division stop Nazi tanks near Meuse:
25 Dec 1944 4
General Patton relieves Bastogne:
26 Dec 1944 1
Germans begin retreating from Ardennes:
01 Jan 1945 1
Malmedy Massacre:
17 Dec 1944 1
The Battle of the Bulge begins:
16 Dec 1944 1
The Battle of the Bulge begins:
Ardennes Forest, Belgium 1
The Battle of the Bulge ends:
25 Jan 1945 1
US Army 1st & 3rd meet up after month separation:
16 Jan 1945 1

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