Battle of the Bulge 75th Anniversary

Friday, December 13, 2019

What is it?

On Dec. 16, 1944, the German army launched a counteroffensive against the Allies in the lightly defended Ardennes region of Belgium. The German objective was to push through the Ardennes to capture Antwerp on the Belgian coast to cut off and annihilate the British and American units in the encirclement. The battle became known as the Battle of the Bulge.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Battle of the Bulge was a hard won tactical and strategic victory with enduring lessons of value in today’s world. The need to endure and prevail against a harsh environment and a determined enemy remains an essential element to victory.

On this 75th anniversary, the U.S. Army remembers the 610,000 Soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Bulge suffering more than 75,000 casualties.

As in WWII, U.S. forces continue to stand with European allies and partners to ensure a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous, and at peace.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

Leaders and Soldiers will continue to adapt and learn the tactical and operational skills required for large-scale, multi-domain operations.

The need to endure and prevail against a harsh environment and a determined enemy remains an essential element to victory.

As the U.S. Army modernizes, it will share new technologies with allies to enhance defense cooperation and improve interoperability.

Why is this important to the Army?

Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of WWII allows the Army to honor the service of more than 11 million American Soldiers who served in WWII so that their legacy can help inspire new generations of young men and women to serve.

In addition, the partnerships forged on the battlefield during WWII endure today as U.S. forces in Europe remain steadfast in their commitment to the European allies and partners.

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Events

December 2019

Dec 13: National Guard Birthday

Dec 14: Army-Navy Game

Dec. 16 - Jan. 25: Battle of the Bulge