World Wara Magazine is able to present you stunning Then & Now photographs from the Battle of the Bulge. The photos were taken by Koos Winkelman from the Netherlands, who enjoys traveling and photographing places that once were part of (a bloody) history.
The Battle of the Bulge started on December 16, 1944, and ended on January 25, 1945. It’s also known as Unternehmen: Wacht am Rhein. It was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe.
The Germans’ initial attack included 200,000 men, 340 tanks, and 280 other tracked vehicles. Between 67,200 and 100,000 of their men were killed, missing or wounded. For the Americans, 610,000 men were involved in the battle, of whom 89,000 were casualties, including up to 19,000 killed. It was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States in World War II.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Cpl. George Gearheart stands looking into one of the armored vehicles “Mad Dog” (M4 Sherman tank from Company C, 702nd Tank Battalion) destroyed on December 23, 1944, in Heiderscheid.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Soldiers of the SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 as part of Kampfgruppe Knittel during the Battle of the Bulge. The photograph was taken at Kaiserbaracke on December 18, 1944. The soldiers have not been identified as of yet.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Königstiger (King Tiger) 105 of Kompanieführer (Company Commander) SS-Obersturmführer Jürgen Wessel of schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilug 501. Abandoned in Rue Haut Rivage Stavelot, Belgium on December 18, 1944.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Three U.S. soldiers standing in front of Hotel des Ardennes behind a KO’d Panther in Ligneuville, December 1944.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: M4 Sherman equipped with a dozer blade in Rue de la Gare, Malmedy in December 1944.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Troops of the U.S. 83rd Infantry Division pass through the village of Bihain.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: German POWs burying fallen soldiers in Bastogne, which is the municipal cemetery of Bastogne.
THEN PHOTOGRAPH: General Troy H. Middleton shakes the hand of general Maxwell D. Taylor from the 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne on January 18, 1945.
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