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The Battle of the Bulge was an important fight because it was one that could have turned World War II around for the Germans 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 500000 Germans soldiers The allies were slowly pushing through the Ardennes Forest on the German Belgium boarder with a force of 600000 American solders and 55000 British soldiers Hitler hoped to surprise the Allies of guard and quickly separate the army The allies pushed through this are because they felt this was the least likely place to set up an attack to assault the Allies The Germans selected it because it was easy to hide troops in the hills Hitler code-named this attack as the Wacht am Rhein The Americans went through the area in a thin line to give support to the flank where the attack was expected During the War Eisenhower and his staff felt this spot was the least likely to be attacked The thought the Germans would not try anything through the narrow passageway The American Army was kept long and thin whit a reinforced left and right flank to make sure of any attacks that would come right up the middle Thinking the Ardennes was the least likely spot for a German offensive American Staff Commanders chose to keep the line thin so that the manpower might concentrate on offensives north and south of the Ardennes The American line was thinly held by three divisions and a part of a fourth while the fifth
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