Timeline

  • June 1944
    • D-Day US troops storm Normandy
  • September 1944
    • Hitler mentions plans for Ardennes offensive
  • October 1944
    • German commanders are briefed on Wacht am Rhein (Watch on the Rhine) later named Herbstenbel (Autumn Mist)
  • Early November 1944
    • German units move into position for offensive in the Eifel
  • December 9, 1944
    • US intelligence sees no threat of German offensive efforts
  • December 10, 1944
    • US Army begins offensive against Roer dams
  • December 16, 1944
    • German 5th Panzer Army infiltrates past Schnee Eifel over Our River
    • Operation Herbstnebel (Autumn Mist) begins with artillery barrages against US positions in Ardennes
    • Gap in the US line is open
  • December 17, 1944
    • US 110th Infantry Regiment overwhelmed in Clerf
    • Massacre of US POWs at Baugnez crossroads
    • 9th Armored Division ordered to block approaches to Bastogne
  • December 18, 1944
    • German advance through Stavelot, Trois Ponts, and La Gleize
    • 101st Airborne troops begin to arrive in Bastogne
  • December 19, 1944
    • Eisenhower meets with US commanders in Paris to plan defense
    • US defenses in Wiltz are overwhelmed opening another road for German advance into Bastogne
  • December 20, 1944
    • Eisenhower shifts US First and Ninth Army to Montgomery’s 21st Army Group
  • December 21, 1944
    • III Corps of Patton’s Third Army begins attack to relieve Bastogne
  • December 22, 1944
    • German emissaries demand Bastonge’s surrender, General McAuliffe replies “Nuts”
  • December 23, 1944
    • Weather front moves into Ardennes clearing skies and freezing temperatures
    • 2nd SS Panzer Division moves towards Tailles and Manhay road junction
  • December 25, 1944
    • Weather permits intense Allied air activity
    • US 2nd Armored Division destroys advance of 2nd Panzer Division
  • December 26, 1944
    • US 4th Armored Division pushes through German defenses, relieving Bastognne
  • December 30, 1944
    • Both US and German forces plan attacks in Bastogne area.  German attack fails to progress
  • January 4, 1945
    • Germans attempt final attack on Bastogne.   Attack fails
  • January 16, 1945
    • US First Army and US Third Army meet at Houfallize
  • January 28, 1945
    • US troops retake the Bulge

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