The Battle of the Bulge

By: Courtney Winger

What Led To This War?

After Americans took over Aachen, a German town near the Belgian Port in October 1944, Hitler was afraid of what this could mean for the Germans. He ordered his troops to break through the Allied lines at any cost to try to recapture the Belgian Port. His fear of Allied troops winning led to the month long war between Allies and the Germans. (The German town, Aachen, is shown on the left. This town was the closest one to the Belgian border).

The Conditions

Due to the raging winter weather, many problems arose for the U.S. and British Troops. Tanks and weapons would freeze to the ground overnight and the Troops would have to dig them out before morning. Around 3/4 of the casualties in the war were caused by frostbite and trench foot. (A picture of a soldier with frostbite is shown to the right of the text. The frostbite would have damaged the nerves in his feet causing walking problems).

The Outcome

The Battle of the Bulge lasted a month. At the beginning of the war, the Germans thought it was going to be easy to push back the Allied lines, but they were wrong. The Germans ended up loosing 120,000 troops, 600 tanks and assault guns, and 1,600 planes that they couldn't replace. This damaged their morale, supplies, and troops. The importance of this battle is that after it, the Nazi's could do little but retreat from future battles too. It also signified a major win for the Allied troops.

Pictures From The Battle





* U.S. History Textbook-Page 576