The On The Assault Of The Hasso Von Manteuffel's 5th Panzar

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The initial assault began on 16 December 1944, at approximately 0530; Germany began the counteroffensive with a 90-minute artillery barrage using approximately 1,600 artillery pieces across an 80 mile front vital to the Allied forces. The Allied forces were caught by surprise and unable to leverage their air assets, due to heavy snow storms in the Ardennes. The storm front effectively hindered both forces. On the northern shoulder, Germany’s 6th Panzar division pushed forward attacking American positions on Elsenborn Ridge and Losheim Gap. Deitrichs men were committed to battle, having met heavy resistance from the United States 2nd and 99th Infantry Divisions. The smaller inferior Allied force was able to hold up the German advance,…show more content…
On 23 December the Allied forces conducted aerial attacks on German supply hubs/routes, devastating the German offensive. German Commanders asked for permission to retreat on December 24th, which was denied by Hitler. Following this, Patton’s men broke through Bastogne on December 26th. General Patton’s 3rd Army moved north through Bastogne and was headed toward Houffalize, in an attempt to trap the Germans, as Montgomery was pushing south to Houffalize. Delays from Montgomery’s Army allowed the Germans to escape, leaving behind their equipment and vehicles. The United States 1st and 3rd Armies were able to link up near Houffalize, Belgium on 16 December 1944. German offensive operations ceased by January 25, 1945. (Ent, 2005) Result The Germans were able to produce a bulge in the Allied western front line, however this was short lived due to overwhelming Allied power. The Germans were successfully pushed back behind the original lines, in turn effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge by 28 January 1945. The Allies suffered 76,890 casualties (with 8,607 Americans killed) and lost 733 tanks; the German forces suffered an estimated 68,000 casualties with 12,000 killed, and lost about the same number of tanks. (Chen, n.d., para. 26) While the casualties were close to even The Germans had lost a higher percent of men and equipment. I was going to be nearly impossible for the Germans to rebound at this stage
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