The Battle of the Bulge was one of the largest battles of the
Second World War, and one of the most important of the European Theatre of
Operations (ETO - North West Europe). Just as the Allies appeared to be winning,
just as we had almost reached the Rhine at Arnhem, just as we had pierced the
Westwall and ended the fighting in the Huertgen Forest, the Germans mustered for
one last major offensive and a huge army crossed into the snowbound Ardennes.
Today, because of the vast area fought over in 1944-45, the
Ardennes is arguably the largest of any Second World War battlefield in the
west. It is in many ways a huge open-air museum, with hundreds of memorials,
cemeteries, battle sites and vehicles.
Somme (France) & Kent (UK)