Battle of the Bulge was a battle during World War II. It started in mid-December 1944 and was the last German offensive on the Western Front during the war. The German army was planning to drive a wedge into the Allied front, and then turn north and capture Antwerp and thus share the Allied armies in two. Hitler had hoped that this would force the Allies to negotiate a peace treaty in the Axis powers favor.
The Germans called the plan “Wacht am Rhein” in an attempt to lure the Allies into believing that it was a defensive plan. In English speaking countries, the battle known as the “Battle of the bulge”, as the German advance led to the front line appeared as a “bul” on the map. The Germans began the offensive on 16 December 1944, and only 8 January 1945 they realized that the battle was lost and began the retreat.
This offensive was unsuccessful for the Germans, even though it tied up a lot of resources on the Allied side. The allies were also slow to react to the German attack, which delayed the Allied timetable for several months. The Allies were on the other hand, the ability to go into battle, and fight, the best German units outside the West Wall (”West Mound”), the German defenses on the border with France, Belgium and Luxembourg. This helped to ease the recent fighting in Germany.