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The battle of the
The German plans were to cut the Allies in half, take the city of Antwerp and then encircle the allied Armies and force them to make a peace treaty or face death. The problem was the bitter cold.....It was a hellish winter and it took its toll on both the American and German forces. The Germans used the cold to their advantage and started the campaign when the weather was bad, this prevented the American Air Force from flying and running operations to attack or supply their troops.
The battle was fought from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945 and it resulted in one of the most heavy casualty results of the war. The American casualties range from 70,000 to 104,000 thousand soldiers while the Germans casualties range from 60,000 to 100,000 thousand soldiers. The British did have losses in the vicinity of 1,400 soldiers during the battle.
Although German forces were not completely defeated, they never recovered from their losses. This let the Russian offensive advance in the eastern front while in the western front the German air force was left destroyed.
Every year the people of
The march has re-enactments, airborne drops and even free hot chocolate, a luxury the real guys never had. This year I did the 13 Kilometer march; this was the middle lengths....The day were beautiful, the sun was shinning but bitter cold. During the march I couldn’t help think of the men who were there so many years ago, the men who left part of souls in that land and the men who never left at all.