Battle of the Bulge
Part of World War II
Date 16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945
Location The Ardennes, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany
Result Allied victory
USA48starUnited States
BritainflagUnited Kingdom
Dominion CanadaCanada
FreeFranceFree France
LuxembourgLuxembourgish resistance
Nazi Germany FlagGermany
Commanders and leaders
USArmySealDwight D. Eisenhower

USArmySealOmar Bradley
USArmySealCourtney Hodges
USArmySealGeorge Patton
675px-BritishArmyFlag2.svgBernard Montgomery

Nazi Germany FlagAdolf Hitler

BalkenkreuzWalter Model
BalkenkreuzGerd von Rundstedt
BalkenkreuzHasso von Manteuffel
BalkenkreuzSepp Dietrich
BalkenkreuzErich Brandenberger

The Ardennes Offensive (December 1944–January 1945) was a major German offensive launched towards the end of World War II through the forested Ardennes region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The offensive was called Operation The Guard on the Rhine or Operation "Watch on the Rhine." by the Wehrmacht, and the Battle of the Ardennes by the U.S. Army. It is known to the general public simply as the Battle of the Bulge because the “bulge” was the initial incursion the Germans put into the Allies’ line of advance, as seen in maps presented in contemporary newspapers.

Note: The above applies to most timelines with a POD after 1944. It is most directly relevant to the following:

Battle of the Bulge in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Several American soldiers who occupied Germany after World War II had survived the Battle of the Bulge. Bernie Cobb came out of the battle with frost-bitten feet. Even at the end of 1945, he had a harder time walking than he did before the battle.