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Battle of the Bulge
Noville Header
American troops advancing in Noville
Conflict:

World War II

Date:

16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945

Place:

The Ardennes, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany

Outcome:

Decisive Allied victory

Combatants

Flag of the United States United States of America

Flag of Nazi Germany (1933-1945) Nazi Germany

Commanders

Flag of the United StatesSupreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower
Flag of the United States Capt. Foley
Flag of the United States Capt. Tanker
Flag of the United States Capt. Hillen
Flag of the United States Capt. Keirsey (presumed KIA)
Flag of the United States Lt. Lehmkuhl
Flag of the United States Sgt. Moody
Flag of the United States Sgt. Ramirez
Flag of the United States Sgt. Jones

Flag of Nazi Germany (1933-1945) Adolf Hitler
Flag of Nazi Germany (1933-1945) Unnamed German Officer (POW)

Strength

840,000+ men
1,300 medium tanks
394 artillery guns

200,000 – 500,000 men
1,800 tanks
1,900 artillery guns

Casualties

American: 89,500

67,000 - 100,000

The Battle of the Bulge was Nazi Germany's last great offensive in World War II and Hitler's last gamble to win the war. The Battle of the Bulge started out with a huge German offensive across Luxembourg, Belgium and the Ardennes forest. Germany pushed almost 50 miles into the American lines over a course of several days, from December 16 to December 23. When the skies cleared over the Ardennes, American air power was able to decimate the German forces which had no air support of their own. By the 25 of January, 1945 the Battle of the Bulge had come to an end.

Call of Duty/United OffensiveEdit

In Call of Duty, the Battle of the Bulge is featured in the concluding level of the American campaign, "Festung Recogne ". In this mission, the player once again assumes the role of Pvt. Martin, a member of the 101st Airborne . Pvt. Martin starts out northeast of Bastogne, Belgium on 15 January 1945. The player's unit has been ordered to take out two bunkers and gather what intelligence they can from the bunkers. Pvt. Martin clears both bunkers, retrieving several documents from each bunker. After acquiring the documents, two Panzer IV tanks and a multitude of Wehrmacht infantry come over a ridge and attack the player. Pvt. Martin uses the several Flak 88s and Panzerfausts to destroy the two tanks, before his squad kills the remaining infantry. The mission ends with Captain Foley congratulating Martin on his actions and ends stating, "I can hardly believe, it's over."

BastogneEdit

In Call of Duty: United Offensive, several parts of the Battle of the Bulge are featured in the American campaign levels "Bois Jacques", "Crossroads", "Foy" and "Noville". In these levels the player takes control of Cpl. Scott Riley, a member of the 101stAirborne Division, 506th PIR. Cpl. Scott Riley fights in Bastogne with the rest of the 101st Airborne, resisting German attacks. In "Bois Jacques" Riley is on a patrol with Sgt. Moody and Pvt. Ender when they encounter a German attack force heading for Bastogne. Half of Sgt. Moody's squad is killed but, Sgt. Moody, Cpl. Riley, and Pvt. Ender survive the attack and quickly race back to Allied lines to warn Cpt. Foley of the imminent attack. Moody and Riley then move to the foxholes to help hold the line until armored reinforcements from 3rd Army arrive. Following "Bois Jacques", in "Crossroads", Cpl. Riley takes part in a night attack to rescue some captured paratroopers and take a crossroad in preparation for the attack on Foy.

Foy/NovilleEdit

After taking the crossroads, Riley's unit takes part in the attack on Foy and eliminates several key targets in the battle, battling several Tiger tanks and stopping multiple German counterattacks and successfully holding the town. Later on Cpl. Riley joins Capt. Foley in the capture of a German held mansion in Noville, and holds it against a large counterattack of tanks, halftracks, and German infantry of 2nd Panzer Division until a squadron of P-47s arrive and destroy the remaining German forces.

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