On this day in 1945 Allied Forces successfully defeated the Germans in the Battle Of The Bulge.
The battle was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II, launched through the densely forested Ardennes eastern Belgium, northeast France and Luxembourg. It was a surprise attack that caught the Allied forces completely off guard.Around 55,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers from General Brian Horrocks’ XXX Corps were involved in the Battle of the Bulge. This included the 6th Airborne Division, 51st Highland Division, 53rd Welsh Division, 29th and 33rd Armoured Brigades. They had been ordered down to the Ardennes by Montgomery, arriving around 22nd – 23rd December, they took up defensive positions along the West Bank of the River Meuse to act as a stop gap behind the Americans and prevent any Germans crossing this objective. XXX Corps then also played a crucial role alongside the Americans in the January counter-offensive to push the Germans back East out of the Bulge.