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The Allied Counter Attack 25 December 1944 - 28 January 1945: An aerial view of snow-bound Einskirchen during a raid. Smoke clouds mark the destruction of the key rail bridges over the Erft River which was a vital link for supplies from Cologne to the Ardennes front.

Ardennes Offensive, the Allied Counter Attack 25 December 1944 - 28 January 1945: Belgian civilians carrying personal possessions flee as the Germans opened an artillery barrage against Langlir in an attempt to halt the American drive on Houffalize. Note the old man in the background trying to keep up. The tragedy of the non-combatants.

American soldiers in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge ( December 16, 1944 - January 25, 1945 )

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25 December 1944 – Christmas in the Ardennes – Battle of the Bulge

Troops in a tench Holding out: American troops man the trenches along a snowy hedgerow in the northern Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

THE FIFTH ARMY IN THE GARIGLIANO RIVER VALLEY, ITALY, 19 JANUARY 1944. Lance Corporal A Durrent, of Bethnal Green, London, snatches a few moments sleep.

American soldiers taken prisoner by the Germans in the town of Stoumont, Belgium on December 19, 1944 - the so called ''Battle of the bulge''. By January 1945 all allied losses had been made good

ARMOURED DIVISION ADVANCE OVER SEINE AUGUST 1944 (B 9807) A Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled gun of 11th Armoured Division crosses the River Seine on a Bailey bridge, 30 August 1944