Lead: Determined to take back the initiative, Adolf Hitler and his generals launched a surprise counterattack against allied forces through the Ardennes forest in the winter of 1944. The Bulge had appeared once again.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: After a shaky start in the weeks following the D-Day invasion, allied armies had broken out of the Normandy hedgerows and for most of fall 1944 had battered German armies into retreat. As winter deepened, however, General Eisenhower’s 48 divisions were stretched thinly along a 600 mile front from Switzerland to the North Sea.