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Battle of the Bulge - Mass Surrender

The Ardennes Forest - particularly its "North Shoulder" - provided great cover for Hitler's amassing troops.  Mist, drizzle and rain would also favor Hitler's offensive. 

Picking a time when hundreds of thousands of Allied troops were resting or training - in the same general location - Hitler also knew bad weather would prevent Allied air support from assisting troops-on-the-ground.  Such thinking, and planning, was a crucial part of the Ardennes Offensive. 

Not until a weather system was moving over the Atlantic did Hitler determine the launch date.

Bad weather also helped to shield the advancing German troops after the attack began.  Members of the 101st Airborne, in the Belgian town of Bastogne (panoramically depicted in two contemporary photos), were quickly surrounded while others were forced to surrender

It was one of the largest mass surrenders in U.S. history.

See, also:

Battle of the Bulge - Ardennes Offensive

Battle of the Bulge - The German Tiger II Tanks


Battle of the Bulge - Northern Shoulder of the Ardennes

Bastogne Relieved - Hitler Loses the Ardennes Offensive

Battle of the Bulge - Historic Footage


Media Credits

Video clip from the series Battlefield Detectives, Season 3, Episode 1 - "The Battle of the Bulge."  Original air date:  November 14, 2005.  Copyright, A&E, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the series. Online, courtesy the History Channel and YouTube.


Director: 
James Millar
David Wright

Producer:
Keith Farrell
James Millar

Linked military pictures and maps from:

United States Army in World War II
European Theater of Operations


The Ardennes:
Battle of the Bulge


By Hugh M. Cole

CMH Publication 7-8

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF MILITARY HISTORY
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, D.C., 2000

Library of Congress Catalog Number: 65-60001

 

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