LECTURES: ANDREW JAMESON
Mason Lecture Series
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Andrew Jameson presents "The Battle of the Bulge"
On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched a massive offensive against the American front in the Ardennes Forest on the German-Belgian border. In a single day, German panzers and infantry divisions overwhelmed US defenses along the forty-five-mile line. Hitler's troops were abetted by one of the coldest winters of deep snows ever recorded for the region. Three German armies with 250,000 men and almost 1,000 tanks and assault guns smashed through the American lines and advanced sixty-five miles creating a bulge in the Allied lines which gave the battle its name. It was not until January 25, 1945, that the Allied command was able to push the Germans back to their frontier and erase the bulge.