The Battle of the Bulge was one of the largest battles of World War II. It is named so because of the way the lines “bulged” as a Germans advanced toward Antwerp.
The German offensive had started on December 16th when they launched a massive push through the Ardennes forest. Over two hundred thousand German soldiers were involved including 340+ tanks, and 1,600 artillery pieces. The German attack caught the Allies completely by surprise. Vicious fighting occurred between the two armies until January 25th, 1945. At the time of the battles start the Allies were outnumbered, and outgunned. The 101st Airborne were dispatched to assist and the rest is history.