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An American M4 Tank making it's way through the frozen roads in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge.
Issue #20 The 67th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
Good day History buffs & fans of WW2GermanHelmets.com. I finally grabbed a few moments to write the blog for December. Things have been wide open busy since October and it's just been tough to find a few moments to write. As we move through the month of December, I always like to think about what the soldiers on both sides were experiencing during the Battle of the Bulge. The Bulge proved to be costly for the Germans as well as the Allied forces. The overall losses turned out to be the greatest for the Americans during WWII at close to 81,000 casualties and over 19,000 soldiers killed in 41 days of fighting. The Americans lost over 800 tanks. On the German side, casualties were thought to be between 70,000-90,000. The German High Command reported close to 85,000. The Germans lost an estimated 600 tanks. The battle would be the last major offensive for the Third Reich and was their last hope at achieving victory in the West. I love to read and study the Battle as the accounts are numerous and all the stories offer a new perspective. I recommend two great books about the Battle of the Bulge, the first is "The Longest Winter" by Alex Kershaw & "Alamo in the Ardennes" by John C. McManus. Both books offer great insight into this monumental Battle in the remote Ardennes Forest. These books are written from the perspective of soldiers that were there, and they really paint mental images that put you there on the Battlefield. When I was a young boy, my favorite activity during the cold winter months would be to dress up in my Army gear, and head into the snow covered forest that was adjacent to my parents mini-farm in Alexander, North Carolina. I would also pretend that I was in the thick of the Ardennes during the Bulge, and by the time I would come in, I would be quite frozen. One of my favorite movies was "The Battle of the Bulge" that came out in 1965. I was a baby when that movie was at the theatres, and I was probably around 8 years old when I first saw that movie (1973) and I still love it today! I recently watched it with my youngest son, Trey who is 6 years old. It's never too early to get them hooked on WWII history!
1945: Hard going for US tanks at Amonines, Belgium, on the northern
flank of the 'battle of the bulge'.
View of German soldiers aboard a Jagdpanzer IV/70 tank destroyer from the 12th SS Panzer Division during the Battle of the Bulge
POWs carrying body of American soldier killed in Battle of Bulge through
snowy Ardennes field
These are some really great pictures taken during the Battle of the Bulge and I hope you enjoy them. Take time to remember the sacrifices and those that fought during the Winter of 1944-45.
I would be remiss if I didn't take the time to thank our many customers that make all of this possible. 2011 really turned out to be a record year for WW2GermanHelmets.com. Great items continue to come out of the woodwork and our customer base continues to grow. During 2011 we had orders in over 30 countries around the Globe. We continue to get positive feedback on a regular basis. Our commitment remains to provide absolutely 100% authentic items and to provide top notch customer service, from careful packaging to fast shipping. Running WW2GermanHelmets.com is a labor of love for me. My passion is WWII history and when I launched the website back in 2005, it was a combining of passion for WWII items coupled with a solid business model, and the success has been tremendous. We sold over 200 helmets during 2011 and over 500 miscellaneous items from belt buckles, to daggers, to medals, badges, field gear and more. I spent 15 years in the corporate world, traveling and playing the corporate game, and don't miss it. Being self employed is fantastic and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Thanks for your continued business and support of WW2GermanHelmets.com! I look forward to seeing what is next around the corner for 2012!
In closing, I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012!
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