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The Ardennes offensive was a last ditch effort by the Germans to achieve an advantage in the war but it turned out to be an acceleration of Germanys ultimate demise Previous to the offensive the Allies had managed to achieve a beach head and advance toward Germany from almost every direction On the eastern front Russia was steadily advancing on Berlin The western front was around the Belgium and German border Germanys fate seemed to be determined but Hitler would not let the thought of defeat enter his or his commands mind He started planning for a massive offensive against the Allies on the western front He believed that the relationship of the Allies was very unstable and that if he could penetrate through the western front and reach the port of Antwerp that they would bicker among themselves and eventually fall apartIn the fall of 1944 as General Eisenhower had promised the Allied forces had successfully fought their way through Europe and established a front from the North Sea to Switzerland The lines were stretched very thin Only 65 divisions of infantry armor and airborne were available to hold the 500 mile long line Having landed at Normandy in June of the same year Allies had made very quick advances on the Germans positions General Patton expressed it well when giving his famous speech to the Third ArmyI dont want to get any messages saying I am holding my positionWe are not holding a goddamned thing Let the Germans do that We are advancing constantly and not interested in holding anything but the enemies bs Province 5The Allies were no longer worried about losing the war it was just a matter of time before Germany fellHitler however was not as willing to succumb to that realization After a failed assassination attempt and suffering from bad health many say that by this time in the war Hitlers judgment and state of mind had
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