The Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge

By late Fall 1944, British, Canadian and American troops had cut across France, liberated Paris, pushed into Belgium, and crossed the German border. So swift and complete was the Allied advance, the prevailing thought was the war in Europe would be over by Christmas of that year.

Completely unknown to the Allies, the Germans had massed almost 250,000 men and some 1,000 tanks opposite their positions in Belgium’s Ardennes Forest. The objective was to attack through the lightly defended American lines, drive all the way to Antwerp and cut the British and American forces in two.

A founding member and corporate secretary of the Italian American Veterans Museum, Steve Corbo is the museum’s curator and a military consultant for Fra Noi. He has served for 25 years as president of S.A. Corbo & Associates Inc., providing professional liability insurance to health care providers. The son and nephew of World War II veterans and a passionate military historian for over 50 years, he has written and published articles on a variety of topics, including military history, and serves as the military consultant for Fra Noi, the Chicago-area Italian-American magazine.

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