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It wasn't.......despite massive press in the West. If important for anything it was in hastening the collapse of Germany since it used up precious men, guns and fuel that would have been better used defensively. The offensive never came close to achieving its objectives and even had it done so, it is unlikely it would have affected the war much one way or the other. Without air support the offensive was doomed from the start to peter out once the skies cleared. The Battle of the Bulge (Dec. 1944) was Germany's one last effort against the Allies. This last major offensive by Germany troops in WWII caused the western Allies to reassess their attack plans. Before this battle the western Allies thought Germany was finished and unable to put up much of a fight. Basically they were just building up supplies and waiting for better weather before going into Germany proper and finishing the war. The German offensive caught the Americans, in particular, off guard. Without air cover the German offensive never had more than a 5% or 10% chance of success (success would have been to cut off large Allied forces in Belgium and capture them), but nonetheless led to near panic in the American headquarters. Once clear weather reappeared and the overwhelming Allied air forces could fly, the German attack was finished. Eisenhower was the supreme commander over the western Allies. He was ranked superior to Bradley, Patton, and Montgomery - all competent field commanders. Eisenhower was a good politician and a fine motivational leader, but an incompetent field commander. Following the Battle of the Bulge, he decided to progress broadly and frontally against the German army, instead of using the clearly more effective cut and stab motions of massed armor. Since the USA had overwhelming air support and vast amounts of fuel and logistical support, blitzkrieg tactics would appear to be obvious to all. But Eisenhower took the slow, plodding, heavy casualty way into Germany. He even ordered an entire army to stop and complete the destruction of a bunch of immobile, starving German troops trying to survive to the end of the war in the Ruhr industrial area. Vastly more important objectives awaited the Allied armies further east, but Eisenhower could not or would not see them. Eventually of course, the Soviets were allowed to take the big prizes of Berlin, Vienna, and Prague. American forces had to be content with Frankfurt and the British with Hamburg. Had Germany not embarrassed Eisenhower in December 1944 with the so called, Battle of the Bulge, it is possible that he might have had the confidence in his armies to launch the kind of attacks that would had ended the war quickly and with fewer casualties, captured Berlin, and greatly improved the American position in Europe for decades.

It was the final major Nazi offensive against the Allied forces in the war.

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