Battle Of The Bulge | Generals At War | Battlefield Documentary – YouTube
I have always found the Battle of the Bulge one of the more interesting of the battles fought in the 20th century. An overconfident American army attacked and driven back in disorder, then rallies and drives the Germans back to their start lines in about thirty days. The Germans expend their last reserves of men, tanks and supplies all in a doomed effort to reach Antwerp and split the English and American armies in two.
I didn’t really find out anything new. There was a demonstration of the shaped charge effect (bazookas and other hollow charged weapons) that was good. I thought the demonstration of the effect of the proximity fuse far less convincing. A casual watcher would not have realized what a dramatic change this made in warfare.
The documentary was too kind to General Montgomery. Now, you could argue that the film said very little about him. That’s my problem. Montgomery’s conduct after the battle in which he explained how he saved the American army should make him a target of ridicule, and I didn’t see that and wanted to.
From around the web –
From the web site, Blog Project.
The Battle of the Bulge was the last
major Nazi offensive against the Allies during World War Two. It was
fought during the winter months of 1944-1945. The battle was Hitler’s
attempt to split the Allies into two, to destroy their ability to supply
themselves. This battle started on December 16, 1944 and was done
because Hitler believed the Alliance between Britain, France, and
America in western Eurpoe was not strong enough to sustain a major
attack and if they defeated them here it would break up the alliance. He
ordered a massive attack against the American forces, and this attack
was know as the Ardennes Offensive but would later be renamed to Battle
of the Bulge. The Germans created a giant bulge in the Allied front
line, which is why this was called the Battle of the Bulge.
From the web site, Australian War Gamer, (A very nice site by the way!).
It’s been taken quite successfully on the big screen in 1965, in the eponym movie “Battle of the Bulge“, starring Henri Fonda and Robert Ryan.
There are also a variety of documentaries closely dealing with it:
- In “Generals at War” by National Geographics, Episode 3 is dedicated to it
- In “Greatest Tank Battles” by Discovery Channel, “Battle of the Bulge: The last stand“
From the web site, Peace and Freedom.
During the Battle of the Bulge, the 101rst Airborne Division made a
heroic stand at Bastogne from December 20-27 which helped turn the tide
of the battle. On December 25, a packed midnight mass was held in
Bastogne, with Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, who commanded the
101rst troops at Bastogne, in attendance. Afterwards the General
listened to German POWS singing Silent Night, and wished them a Merry