Battle of the Bulge - The Ardennes Offensive

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The bleeding giant was gasping, still the Nazi managed to mass a last adventurous surprise assault in Belgium. Generals Weather and Snow who played against the Germans in Russia, played in their favor in Ardennes. It was the major true battle for the Americans with almost 20,000 soldiers lost. Lack of fuel and supplies were the greatest enemy the Germans had to fight for the second time after North Africa. 16 DECEMBER 1944 - 28 JANUARY 1945

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James Gordon and Private Rainwater inspect a deserted Panther tank formerly of the Panzer Division Das Reich near Grandmenil, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944 Military Units, Military Photos, Military History, Tiger Tank, War Photography, Ww2 Tanks, Panzer, Armored Vehicles, War Machine

A Deserted Panther Tank

James Gordon and Private Rainwater inspect a deserted Panther tank formerly of the Panzer Division Das Reich near Grandmenil, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944

Sergeant John Opanowski of the 10th Armored Division, emerges from a dug-out built under snow in the Bastogne area. The 10th Armored Division and the 101st Airborne Division were pinned down in the Bastogne area by General von Manteuffel's crack Panzer Divisions - the 2nd and the 116th Divisions Military Photos, Military History, Military Humor, American Soldiers, American Civil War, History Online, Ardennes, World War Two, Wwii

The 10th Armored Division, Bastogne

Sergeant John Opanowski of the 10th Armored Division, emerges from a dug-out built under snow in the Bastogne area. The 10th Armored Division and the 101st Airborne Division were pinned down in the Bastogne area by General von Manteuffel's crack Panzer Divisions - the 2nd and the 116th Divisions

Low flying transport planes roar overhead as they carry supplies to the besieged American Forces battling the Germans at Bastogne, during the enemy breakthrough on January 1945 in Belgium. Military Units, Military History, Six Photo, World War Two, Historical Photos, Wwii, Battle, Germany, January 6

Low Flying C-47 Transport Planes, Bastogne

Low flying C-47 transport planes roar overhead as they carry supplies to the besieged American Forces battling the Germans at Bastogne, during the enemy breakthrough on January 6, 1945 in Belgium. In the distance, smoke rises from wrecked German equipments, while in the foreground, American tanks move up to support the infantry

General Troy H. Middleton, CO VIII Corps  shakes the hand of General Maxwell D. Taylor CO 101st Division in Bastogne on January 18, 1945. They are in front of "The Bastion of the Battered Bastards of the 101st" sign. Military Men, Military History, 101st Airborne Division, Ardennes, Band Of Brothers, National Archives, American Soldiers, World War Two, Belgium

Gen Maxwell D. Taylor CO 101st Division Back in Bastogne

General Troy H. Middleton, CO VIII Corps shakes the hand of General Maxwell D. Taylor CO 101st Division in Bastogne on January 18, 1945. They are in front of "The Bastion of the Battered Bastards of the 101st" sign.

GI takes a smoke break somewhere in the Ardennes. GI checks Machine Gun, Ardennes-Alsace Campaign, Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes, Alsace, North Africa, Belgium, Battle, Campaign, Guns, Smoke, Adventure

30-Caliber Machine Gun, Ardennes

GI takes a smoke break somewhere in the Ardennes. GI checks .30-caliber Machine Gun, Ardennes-Alsace Campaign, Battle of the Bulge, 1945.

Bastogne, Ardennes, Belgium. Paratroopers of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division 101st Airborne Division, Paratrooper, North Africa, Belgium, Battle, Adventure, Easy, Military, Dibujo

E Company

Bastogne, Ardennes, Belgium. Paratroopers of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division

The first of Peiper’s King Tigers to be lost was this No.105, commanded by the SS-Obersturmführer Jürgen Wessel, which was abandoned after it got stuck in debris on Rue St. Emilion in Stavelot on 18 Dec, 1944.  Belgian civilians examine the knocked out German VI King Tiger tank, destroyed by US, troops fighting in Stavelot (Belgium) during the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945 St Emilion, Tiger Tank, North Africa, Troops, Tigers, Belgium, Abandoned, Battle, Ss

King Tigers No.105, in Stavelot, Belgium

The first of Peiper’s King Tigers to be lost was this No.105, commanded by the SS-Obersturmführer Jürgen Wessel, which was abandoned after it got stuck in debris on Rue St. Emilion in Stavelot on 18 Dec, 1944. Belgian civilians examine the knocked out German VI King Tiger tank, destroyed by US, troops fighting in Stavelot (Belgium) during the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945

On this spot from the road, Lt. Charles Boggess of the 4th Armored Division met up with engineers of the 326th, who were part of the 101st Airborne. Lt. Boggess led his tank, Cobra King, north of Assenois and he saw the engineers attacking Germans in this pillbox. Boggess put three rounds into the pillbox.  Within 25 minutes, Lt. Boggess was shaking hands with General McAuliffe. Credit; Dalton on Flickr. Siege Of Bastogne, The Siege, Shake Hands, North Africa, Engineers, Division, Belgium, Battle, German

The Link-Up Spot and Breaking The Siege of Bastogne [ 1 ]

On this spot from the road, Lt. Charles Boggess of the 4th Armored Division met up with engineers of the 326th, who were part of the 101st Airborne. Lt. Boggess led his tank, Cobra King, north of Assenois and he saw the engineers attacking Germans in this pillbox. Boggess put three rounds into the pillbox. Within 25 minutes, Lt. Boggess was shaking hands with General McAuliffe. Credit; Dalton on Flickr.

On December 26, 1944, the first spearhead units of the Third Army's 4th Armored Division reached Bastogne, opening a corridor for relief and resupply of the besieged forces. Patton's ability to disengage six divisions from front line combat during the middle of winter, then wheel north to relieve Bastogne was one of his most remarkable achievements during the war. He later wrote that the relief of Bastogne was "the most brilliant operation we have thus far performed" George Patton, North Africa, Antique Cars, Dan, Battle, Monster Trucks, Two By Two, The Unit, December 26

General Patton in Bastogne

On December 26, 1944, the first spearhead units of the Third Army's 4th Armored Division reached Bastogne, opening a corridor for relief and resupply of the besieged forces. Patton's ability to disengage six divisions from front line combat during the middle of winter, then wheel north to relieve Bastogne was one of his most remarkable achievements during the war. He later wrote that the relief of Bastogne was "the most brilliant operation we have thus far performed"

American soldiers of the 3rd Battalion of U.S. 119th Infantry are taken prisoner by members of Kampfgruppe Peiper in Stoumont, Belgium on December 1944. Gefangene Amerikaner History Online, Ardennes, American Soldiers, German Army, Military History, World War Ii, Wwii, Germany, Pictures

Ardennes Offensive

American soldiers of the 3rd Battalion of U.S. 119th Infantry are taken prisoner by members of Kampfgruppe Peiper in Stoumont, Belgium on December 1944. Gefangene Amerikaner

Two American soldiers examine a German parachute found in an area where German paratroopers were dropped at the beginning of the Ardennes offensive in December 1944. American Soldiers, American Civil War, Ardennes, Paratrooper, Historical Images, North Africa, Us Army, World War Two, Wwii

Two American Soldiers Examine a German Parachute

Two American soldiers examine a German parachute found in an area where German paratroopers were dropped at the beginning of the Ardennes offensive in December 1944.

"The Wereth 11 Massacre". The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was a segregated African American unit. Firing in support of the retreating American infantry in Ardennes. The  Germans broke into their positions, shattering the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, killing or capturing half of its men. On December 17, the SS men drove 11 POW into the forest. Savagely tortured them with rifle butts and bayonets before cutting off many of their fingers and running over them with vehicles. Paris In August, December 17, Master Sergeant, American Crew, War Image, National Archives, Still Standing, Library Of Congress, Vietnam War

Sacrifice Forgotten, The 333rd Field Artillery at The Battle of the Bulge

"The Wereth 11 Massacre". The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was a segregated African American unit. Firing in support of the retreating American infantry in Ardennes. The Germans broke into their positions, shattering the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, killing or capturing half of its men. On December 17, the SS men drove 11 POW into the forest. Savagely tortured them with rifle butts and bayonets before cutting off many of their fingers and running over them with vehicles.

Operating in blinding snow and freezing temperatures Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers of The US 9th Air Force taxi around the perimeter track of their snow-bound airfield towards the cleared runway at the start of a mission against German positions in the Ardennes. An American artillery observation plane under camouflage netting in a snow-bound field near Erezee. The Germans relied on bad weather to keep the Allied air forces grounded and for a short while their hope was fulfilled North Africa, Taxi, Belgium, Plane, Camouflage, Air Force, Fighter Jets, Battle, German

Air-Support Fighting General Weather !

Operating in blinding snow and freezing temperatures Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers of The US 9th Air Force taxi around the perimeter track of their snow-bound airfield towards the cleared runway at the start of a mission against German positions in the Ardennes. An American artillery observation plane under camouflage netting in a snow-bound field near Erezee. The Germans relied on bad weather to keep the Allied air forces grounded and for a short while their hope was fulfilled

American 155-mm field gun M1 Long Tom fires on German troops in the Ardennes.  A 7th Armored Division antitank gun covers a railroad crossing near Vielsalm, Belgium. Dec., 23, 1944 North Africa, Troops, Division, Belgium, Gun, Battle, German, Fire, Adventure

Artillery in Ardennes

American 155-mm field gun M1 Long Tom fires on German troops in the Ardennes. A 7th Armored Division antitank gun covers a railroad crossing near Vielsalm, Belgium. Dec., 23, 1944

American M16 crew waiting to fire on German plane as vapor trails fill the sky.  German 20mm Flak. Battle of the Bulge, 1944 North Africa, Plane, Fill, Battle, Waiting, German, Sky, Adventure, American

Anti Aircraft

American M16 crew waiting to fire on German plane as vapor trails fill the sky. German 20mm Flak. Battle of the Bulge, 1944

Paratroopers of the 509th regiment walk past the M3 Stuart tank of the 7th Panzer Division in the vicinity of the Belgian city of St. Vith. 24,01,1945. The 509th Infantry Regiment's service during WW II concluded at the end of January 1945 near St. Vith, Belgium. Of the original 700 paratroopers who entered the battle, approximately ninety-three percent were injured. Effective 1 March 1945 it was disbanded, and the soldiers who remained were reassigned as replacements in the 82nd Airborne… Military Photos, Military History, Ardennes, Military Modelling, Paratrooper, Us Army, World War Two, Wwii, United States

The Last Battle for Paratroopers of the 509th Regiment

Paratroopers of the 509th regiment walk past the M3 Stuart tank of the 7th Panzer Division in the vicinity of the Belgian city of St. Vith. 24,01,1945. The 509th Infantry Regiment's service during WW II concluded at the end of January 1945 near St. Vith, Belgium. Of the original 700 paratroopers who entered the battle, approximately ninety-three percent were injured. Effective 1 March 1945 it was disbanded, and the soldiers who remained were reassigned as replacements in the 82nd Airborne…