The Battle of the Bulge World War 2 was fought from September 1939 and ending August 15, 1945, it was the biggest world war in to history of the world. The battle to end the war was The Battle of The Bulge. This battle was fought in forested areas of the Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. It was kept very secret by the Germans because it was a surprise attack. The Allied forces were to busy worrying about there offensives and were caught off guard.
The Last Stand As the Allies paved their way through German territory in mid-1944, Hitler desperately tried to push the Allies back by putting to action a surprise attack that failed. After the victory in Normandy, the Allies quickly advanced on toward France (Cayton 442). At this point of time, war with Europe was clearly coming to an end and the Allies were regaining land. Hitler had to do something and he did. The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Campaign, was Hitler’s last counterattack on December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945 which became the largest battle the U.S. had ever fought and caught U.S. troops by surprise, killing nearly 80,000 soldiers (Bulge).
The Battle of the Bulge took place on December 16 1944. The Germans mobilized the last chance they had to win the war. The Germans wanted to cut the American forces in to two parts, because this way they could easily be destroyed. Hitler felt this was his last chance to win, because his forces were being pushed back and soon they would run out of the resources they would need to win the war. Hitler was mobilizing a task force of 500,000 Germans soldiers.
Battle of Verdun (War of Attrition) * Lasted from February 21, 1916 until December 18, 1916 * By 1915, the Western Front had become a stalemate as both sides engaged in trench warfare. * The German commander-in-chief General Erich von Falkenhayn considered England to be Germany’s most important enemy. That is why a target had to be found that would be so important to the French, that they would be willing to sacrifice their entire army. This army would 'bleed to death' could then easily be defeated. Geographically this had to be Verdun.
To attack on their own border would take longer and there would be much more resistance from the French so it was decided that they would march through Belgium and take Paris within a couple of weeks. They calculated that the Russian Army would below in their advances giving them enough time to take Paris and crush the French resistance, so they could then prepare for a war on the eastern front. Germany had decided to put some men in Prussia, so they would not be confined to Germany, if the Russians responded more quickly to the attack. So on August 1st, Germany declared war on Russia and 2 days later on August 3rd, on France. What actually happened: The Schlieffen Plan was a big gamble by the Germans, and it could have well resulted in defeat for France and Russia, however the plan backfired on the Germans.
This tactic was used, for example, at battles such as the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. This tactic, however, tended to result in huge casualty rates and neither side made significant gains. New weapons were also used in an attempt to break the stalemate on the Western Front. At first, artillery barrage was used to inflict constant barrage on the enemy and preceding front offensives. As the war drew on, other weapons such as gas and tanks were used by the Germans for the first time at the First Battle of Ypres in 1915, and became a major tool of warfare on the Western Front.
World War II Battles and Locations Research Project: Lesson Objective: Students will compile a World War II battles with summaries of key details Learning Activity: You are assigned several WWII battles to research. * Britain: (July 1940- October 1940) summer and fall of 1940 German and British air forces clashed in the sky over the UK, It was one of the largest sustained bombing campaign to that date. The battle of Britain ended when Germany’s Luftwaffe failed to gain air superiority over the royal air force. Britain won * Bulge: In (December 1944 -January 1945) Adolph Hitler attempted to split the allied armies in the northwest Europe by means of a surprise blitzkrieg thrust through the Ardennes to Antwerp. Germany abandonment
Nick Sevin Mr. Roso English III 28 March 2012 During the Great Depression tensions in Europe were still tight from the treaty that ended World War I. The Germans were still upset because they felt as though they were unfairly punished in the treaty. Adolf Hitler, the leader of Germany, began World War II when he instructed his army to invade Poland. Soon after this action, Britain and France declared war on Germany. This led Italy to declare war on France and Britain.
Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. Most of the German troops were involved in the combats at the eastern front, so they couldn't fight at the western front. Most of the best material and soldiers had to be reserved for the eastern front and the German army suffered 88% of its casualties on the Eastern Front. It was the Soviet troops who broke the will and capacity of the German army to carry out massive front offensives in 1943. For example, The Battle of Stalingrad is an important battle.