The Battle Of The Bulge

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The Battle of the Bulge was the largest battle on the Western Front of World War Two. At the largest point of the battle it involved over 1.1 million men. The battle was started when the Germans launched Operation Watch on the Rhine. The main objective of this operation was to capture the American held harbor of Antwerp which is Belgium. Ever since the invasion of Normandy the allies had had problems bringing supplies up to the front. Every time the Germans left a city with a harbor in it they sabotaged it so that the allies were unable to use it. Because of this the only place that allies were able to take supplies to shore in bulk was in Normandy. This meant that they had to drive supplies all the way from Normandy into Belgium. The truck drivers were using more fuel than they delivered and it took days to reach the front they had to find a better way. When the allies captured the harbor at Antwerp they were able to deliver supplies by ship in a place that was close to the front. This ended the supply trouble, and so the Germans decided the best way to stop the allied advance was to retake Antwerp and thus stop the supplies from coming to the front. It was a risky operation, but if it was successful it could turn the tide of the war. The plan was for the operation to occur on December 16, 1944. The Germans would attack all along the front line, from Luxembourg to Belgium. It was needless to say a massive offensive, and would be the last of the war. Hitler planned this

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