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Ardennes Offensive: The Battle Of The Bulge

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Ardennes offensive, also known as the Battle of the Bulge, because the Germans created a “bulge” around the Ardennes forest, pushing through the defensive line. After a day of fighting, the Germans broke through the American front. They surrounded most of an infantry division, they seized key crossroads, and they advanced their spearheads towards the Meuse River, this is how the battle got its name. It was codenamed Operation Autumn Mist. This attack was the largest battle fought on the Western Front. During WWII, between December 1944 and January 1945, the Battle of the Bulge occurred, it was an attempt by Hitler to split the allied forces; the significance of this battle was: it would be Hitler’s last major offensive, it lead to considerable losses of German troops, and it drew attention to the mental effects of war. Battle of the Bulge was Hitler’s last major offensive of WWII. Hitler saw the battle as a “juggernaut” to defeat the allied forces. He thought he was strong enough to beat the allies, but he wasn’t. This was so they could cut off the main supply base for the Allied armies on the Western Front. During this battle, the Germans lost a lot of troops. The Germans could not stop the Western Allies, German commanders braced themselves. Hitler lost over 500,000 troops in the West. He now had a shortage of troops. Germans stole U.S. Army uniforms, weapons, and jeeps,…show more content…
This mental effect was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also called “battle fatigue” or “shell shock”, brought flashbacks caused by terrifying events. PTSD had a big effect on soldiers lives after the war had ended, this was a common symptom of WWII. Most of the soldiers were not treated because people didn’t know much about it. Most soldiers who get PTSD usually commit suicide. Once soldiers got back from war, they were never the same. Sometimes this disorder can ruin relationships with friends, and most importantly, loved
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