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An American soldier waits patiently in the snow at the ready near St. Vith, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944)

The Battle of the Bulge, (also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Von Rundstedt Offensive to the Germans) (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive (die Ardennenoffensive), launched toward the end of World War II through the densely forested Ardennes mountain region of Wallonia in Belgium, and France and Luxembourg on the Western Front.

The Battle of the Bulge: Rare and Previously Unpublished Photos - LIFE

Sergeant John Opanowaki of the 101st Airborne Division, emerges from a dug-out built under snow in the Bastogne area. The 10th Armoured Division and the 101st Airborne Division were pinned down in the Bastogne area by General von Manteuffel's crack Panzer Divisions - the 2nd and the 116th.

The Battle of the Bulge: December 1944: Coldest winter in recorded German history.

A wounded American medic is helped to an aid station during the Battle of the Bulge

King Tiger - Battle of the Bulge Ardennes Belgium/ Luxembourg December 1944

Rochefort, Belgium - the so-called 'Entrance to Hell', Battle of the Bulge, World War II, 29th December 1944. (Photo by Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images)

A German shot as a spy in the early days of the Battle of the Bulge, 1944. #Belgium #WWII #War