Battle of the bulge

   In December 1944, German forces launched a strong counteroffensive against U.S. forces in the Ardennes region of Europe, forcing them back a distance of 60 miles and creating a huge bulge in Allied lines. Two entire U.S. regiments were forced to surrender. However, a successful counteroffensive was launched, and the German armies were pushed back by the end of January 1945. Although U.S. losses numbered almost 40,000, the Germans lost more than 200,000, and this was their last offensive effort of World War II.

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