S: Battle of the Bulge
FC: Battle of the Bulge Anton Snyder German Soldier
1: \ | December 20: Hitler hoped to drive north to encircle American troops near Aachen. Germans surrounded American troops at Bastogne. December 23: The weather cleared allowing Allied planes to attack German columns and drop supplies. Severe fighting contiunted at Bastogne. January 3: The First and Third armies began to counterattack.The First came from the north and the Third came from the south. January 16: Armies converged on to Houffalize, north of Bastogne. German withdrawl then came slowly. January 28: The last "bulge" was eliminated. | Late Summer 1944: After German armies retreated France, Adolf Hitler planned a counteroffensive in Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg. Autumn 1944: The German commander, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, secretly massed more than 200,000 men and 1,200 tanks in the wooded Eifel region opposite Ardennes. December 16: Three German armies struck along a sixty mile front against seven American divisions of the First Army's Fifth and Eighth Corps. December 17: Supreme Allied commander, Gerneral Dwight D. Eisenhower, rushed reinforcement to relieve besieged U.S. forces. December 19: Germans had severed communications between southern and northern armies. | 1944-1945
2: Troops from the American First army cautiously search a wooded area in Belgium looking for our parachutes on December 24, 1944. | Smoke from our burning equipment rises from the ground as American supplies are being dropped from C-47 planes.
3: Here I am warning my troops of the Allied powers approaching ahead in Luxembourg.
4: Dear Diary, Life is not what I expected here. It is freezing. The troop is finding it harder and harder to survive as it gets colder. I love my guys. They are the only reason I am fighting in this battle. By the looks of it I don't think the German's are going to be able to pull through. The Allied forces have a very strong army against us. I wouldn't be surprised if we withdraw soon. I'm getting worn out so it's time for bed. Sincerely, Anton December 23, 1944 | The men and I at our camp base in Luxembourg. One of the guys an I are holding the Nazi flag.
5: Dear Diary, Here we are, a war surrounding us everywhere we look. It's was Christmas Eve and everyone was a little depressed. One of the men found a truck load of champagne and as we drank a general prepared a turkey dinner for us. It was around 2 A.M. that we received an order to move out because we were making an attack on the Allied powers. The rest of the night was unforgettable. Sincerely, Anton December 27, 1944
6: A tank destroyer we used against the Allied powers. Standing next to it is one of the German Generals. Also in the background is the mountains in Bastogne.
7: German currency during the battle. It was called Reichsmark and was divided into 100 Reichspfennig.
8: There was approximately 100,00 German causalities. The picture on the right shows some men in my troop identifying bodies. On the left is a group of us around one of the tucks. The weather that day was one of the coldest.
9: Here is my journal from the Battle. I used it to write in almost daily.
10: This map shows Belgium which is on the left and Germany on the right. This is where the battle took place from 1944-1945.
11: This article is about how we retreated France and we were then ready to take on the Allies.
12: Dear | Dear Diary, The war is coming to an end. This is Germany's last chance to split the Allies in two and stop them. We are running out of fuel and starting to have to abandon our vehicles. Without fuel I'm not sure we are even going to be able to compete with the Allied powers towards the end of this war. Hitler's plan has backfired. Everyone around the camp knows it. There is tension and no one wants to admit that we have lost. I know that everyone is going to be stubborn and not want to give up. But we can't keep going on in this freezing cold weather with our survival barely hanging on. The battle has barely last a month but it seems like a life time. Sincerely, Anton January 15th, 1945
13: Some of my buddies fighting. In the background is a burning vehicle. It was one of our last vehicle that had fuel in it.
15: Here is a canon we used against the Allied forces. It was a pain having to load and reload it but it was extremely destructive. | A troop of German men move on order to the battle sight. Our vehicles ran out of fuel so all of us men had to walk on feet from place to place. It was a nightmare. Imagine walking 10 miles on foot in the freezing cold.
16: This article came out when the U.S. Ninth Army joined the Battle of the Bulge.
18: One of my troop buddies looking frustrated as I snapped a photo of him. We had been walking for over 4 hours and were running low on energy. This happened pretty much daily. | My troop standing on one of our tanks. This was a few days before the battle ended.
19: At this point the war was coming to an end. There were a ton of German causalities including some of my buddies. | January 1945
20: Websites: 1) MacSonald, Charles B. "Battle of the Bulge." GaleNet. Web. 05 May 2010.
21: Works Cited | Books: 1) McNeese, Tim. Battle of the Bulge. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004. Print. 2)Glencoe World History Modern Times. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill School Pub Co, 2009. Print. Pictures: Photograph. AP Images. Web.