Lead: It was not if they had not done it before. Each time, 1914, 1940 and 1944 the allies were unprepared for an attack through the Ardennes Forest. This time the Bulge almost burst.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: In May 1940 Winston Churchill in mistaken optimism asserted that Anglo-French armies were holding against the huge German strategic bulge that had emerged through the Ardennes Forest in southern Belgium. His prediction just preceded the allied collapse. When Hitler tried it again in December 1944, Churchill’s vivid description returned with a vengeance. The trick almost worked again primarily because allied lines were stretched 600 miles from Switzerland to the North Sea and the Germans hit the soft spot, manned with American units either weary from battle or fresh from the states, right in the middle at the Ardennes.