battle of the bulges

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Hitler’s last great offensive in the West gets under way on 16 December 1944. A strong artillery and rocket artillery barrage opened at 05:30 hours, and at 06:00 the German forces attacked. 

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Christmas in the Ardennes. A German tank crew pauses for reflection at night in front of a welcome fire in December 1944.

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On 18 December 1944 during the Ardennes Offensive, very early in the morning, the American 14th Cavalry Group had gotten in an ambush of the Kampfgruppe Hansen (Leibstandarte Division) on the road between Poteau and Recht and was destroyed. These are photographs taken after the action along the wreckage on the road.