Hitlers maatregelen na 25 december

The German offensive has lost its momentum. The furthest advance has been made by elements of 5. Panzerarmee which reached the outskirts of Dinant. The encircled defenders of Bastogne are now supplied by aircraft.

25 december: De Duitse opmars naar Dinant bij Celles tot staan gebracht. Bastogne blijft in Amerikaanse handen. Allied forces surrounding the salient begin counterattacks on German forces within the bulge. US 4th Armored Division (part of US 3rd Army) attempts to relief the defenders of Bastogne but fails.
26 december: Het Ardennen-offensief van de Duitsers komt tot stilstand. Elements of US 4th Armored Division break through to Bastogne. British Bomber Command conducts a daylight raid on the town of St. Vith (which served as a German transportation hub).
27 december: Amerikanen in Bastogne ontzet door het 3e legerkorps. The leading elements of German 5. Panzerarmee are driven out of Celles by British 30th Corps. US 3rd Army manages to expand the corridor to Bastogne.
28 december: Allied commanders begin planning for a coordinated counteroffensive.
29 december: Allied armies build up their forces for a major counterattack in the Ardennes.
30 december: US 8th Corps (part of US 3rd Army) launches a counterattack against German 5. Panzerarmee from a frontline between Bastogne and St. Hubert. The objective is Houffalize. At the same time elements of 5. Panzerarmee unsuccessfully try to cut through the Bastogne corridor.
31 december: British 30th Corps captures Rochefort at the western tip of the bulge.

1 Januari: De Duitsers beginnen een tweede offensief, Unternehmen Nordwind. Deze is gericht tegen het front tussen Saarbrücken en Straatsburg. De operatie wordt uitgevoerd door het 1e leger onder generaal Hans von Obstfelder. De Duitsers proberen munt te slaan uit het feit dat de Amerikanen massaal naar het Noorden zijn getrokken om de Ardennen te redden en het front hier nu zwak verdedigd is. - Unternehmen Bodenplatte. De Duitsers lanceren een grootscheepse luchtaanval op geallieerde vliegvelden in Noord-Frankrijk, België en Zuid-Nederland. Ruim 400 geallieerde vliegtuigen gaan verloren; de Duitsers verliezen er ruim 200 grotendeels door eigen Flak. Het blijkt een Pyrrusoverwinning te zijn. German "Operation Bodenplatte" is an airborne attack against allied airfields in Belgium, the Netherlands and northern France. The operation suffers from a lack of trained pilots and insufficient coordination with the ground units. A considerable number of Luftwaffe planes is shot down by friendly anti-aircraft fire. While the Germans lose ground in the Ardennes, another offensive ("Operation Nordwind") is begun in the Alsace area.
2 Januari: US 3d Army Group retakes Bonnerue, Hubertmont and Remagne weakening the German grip on Bastogne.
3 Januari: Tegenoffensief van het Amerikaanse 1ste leger bij Houffalize (Belgische Ardennen). German strikes on the Bastogne corridor delay an American attack. Us 1st and 3d Army attack toward Houffalize.
4 Januari: Parts of German 6. Panzerarmee are withddrawn to the eastern front. The fighting around Bastogen continues.
6 Januari: Parts of British 21st Army Group advance south of Stavelot, threatening German supply routs in the St. Vith area.
7 Januari: US forces recapture La Roche.
8 Januari: Hitler gelast het terugtrekken van de Duitse troepen op de linie Dochamps - Longchamps. German positions on the west bank of the Meuse are eliminated; US Army now controls 9 miles of the La Roche-St. Vith highway. Northeast of Bastogene Flamierege is captured by US 3d Army.
9 Januari: The allies intensify their attacks around Bastogne
10 Januari: British 30th Corps advances on La Roche; Bure and Samree are taken. German forces withdraw from the western parts of the bulge in good order. West of Bastogne. St. Hubert is evacuated by the Germans under pressure from Allied forces.
11 Januari: De geallieerden heroveren St. Hubert. The German salient is further reduced and American and British forces join up a St. Hubert.
13 Januari: American and British units reach the Ourthe between La Roche and Houffalize.
14 Januari: Hitler geeft opdracht voor een verdere terugtocht. US 1st Army makes further progress towards St. Vith.
15 Januari: US forces reach Houffalize and cut off German forces west of the town. In their attacks on St. Vith the allies encounter stiff resistance from the German defenders.
16 Januari: Het Amerikaanse 1ste en 3de leger leggen na een maand weer contact tijdens het Ardennenoffensief in Houffalize. De volgende dagen worden de Duitsers naar de Westwall teruggedrongen. A small German salient near Roermond west of the Meuse is attacked by British 13th Corps.
18 Januari: South of Bastogne US forces have crossed the Sure River and are engaged at Diekirch.
20 Januari: US forces take Brandenburg.
21 Januari: American forces recapture the town of Wiltz (southwest of Bastogne. German troops begin their withdrawal to the Siegfried Line.
22 Januari: US 1st Army conducts attacks along the frontline from Houffalize to St. Vith.
23 Januari: Allied forces capture St. Vith. German forces withdraw across the Our River.
24 Januari: US forces reach the Clerf River. British forces take Heinsberg, west of the Roer River.
26 Januari: American forces cross the Clerf River.
27 Januari: American Forces cross the Our River and take Oberhausen. The gains made by the Germans are almost completely retaken.

the Ardennes offensive officially ends


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