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 Why was the Battle of Bastogne important in WW2? 
aaronpawlak
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Hi,

Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein ("Operation Watch on the Rhine") as the entire Battle of the Bulge was called was a last gap by the Germans to convince the Allies to offer terms beyond the Unconditional Surrender Demands of Yalta. The plan was to punch through between the armies, and capture Antwerp, which was the primary open port used by the Allies north of Cherbourg France. By cutting off closer supply, they hoped the Western Allies would offer better terms.

The Germans had enough equipment to carry out the operation, however they had few operational aircraft and limited fuel. As i said,it was a last gasp. If they failed, they would have little chance to even slow an advance into the German Heartland.

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