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So, where are we at this point in the Battle of the Bulge, 28 days after the start of the Ardennes Counteroffensive.

Check out this big ol' bulge in the operational map.
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Now: Take a look at the Allied situation map from Jan 16, 1945. The Bulge is completely erased!

The two Allied forces (Montgomery from the North & Patton from the South) meet a few miles North of Bastogne. ~ 20,000 German Soldiers are trapped.

Hitler's generals are in full surrender mode!

The end is near!

With the pincer position set, there is no place to retreat, Nazis!!!! Surrender or die!

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13 Jan
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By Jan 13, 1945, the Allies entered the final (and most historically overlooked) phase of the Battle of the Bulge Image
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By midday 75 years ago, all final Allied offensive actions were in motion. Image
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So, to set the table, let's remember who is who here.


In the South, Patton's 3rd Army is still slowly making its way northeast to Houffalize (remember, they've been making progress that way since Jan 3rd). Image
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10 Jan
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So many lessons for today's Army from the Battle of the Bulge (we've been covering many of them).

This one is about dealing with media.
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Specifically, this story is about the dangers of bad public affairs (we know, you've made it easy for @rickdicksonreal to tweet "yeah, 18th Corps knows all about bad public affairs")
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On January 5, 1945, at a time when Ike established a tenuous partnership between Patton in the North and Monty in the South, Eisenhower is just trying to keep the peace between the two and keep them moving against the bulge.
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9 Jan

You crazy for this one, #TankTwitter

The Battle of the Bulge was among the largest tank battles in US history.

[If you are here seeking something other than straightforward analysis of a historical event, please look elsewhere] Image
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After the war, a narrative developed that American tank units (7th, 9th, 10th Armored Divisions, in particular) overcame a German tank superiority in the Battle of the Battle. Image
[3 of 19] We'd like to put that idea to the test.

We've discussed Kampfgruppe Peiper outmaneuvering our tanks early on with the newest German tank, the 70-ton Tiger II.

The remaining German forces had the Tiger I and Panzers. Image
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6 Jan
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So on Tuesday our podcast, The Doomsday Clock, launches on iTunes.

The podcast tells the wildest stories from the Cold War, here defined as 1949 - 1989.
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So, what kind of stories are we going to tell?

Well, here's a preview.
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That time a Matthew Broderick movie changed national security policy [and we're not talking about Ferris Bueller's Day Off]
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5 Jan
Yesterday we announced the launch of The Doomsday Clock, an original 18th Airborne Corps podcast series telling the incredible story of the Corps' Cold War history.

Today we're going to tell you more about some of the guests who will appear on the program.

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Of course, we'll have John Lewis Gaddis, the dean of Cold War historians about the start and end of American confrontation with the Soviets (Episode 16: April 27).
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We'll also have the great H.W. Brands to talk about the Korean War and the stare down between Truman and MacArthur (Episode 7: February 23).
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4 Jan
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Back to the Battle of the Bulge

The counterpunch begins

Jan 4th 1945: Patton launches an assault with 1st & 3rd Armies from the South across the waist of the bulge at Houffalize (North of Bastogne).
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The counterattack, which is led by 3rd Army [organized by this guy, Troy Middleton] with III and VIII Corps.
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Remember, Patton NEVER wanted to counterattack in this manner! He wanted to sever the base of the salient & trap the enemy from behind.

However, Montgomery's caution won out and Patton was forced into this more prudent counterstrike.
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