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Offensive in the Ardennes is the operation of the German troops on the Western Front during World War II.

An aerial view of Ardennes in Belgium, showing Allied forces and artillery blast holes in a snowy field. The German attack proved stunningly effective at first, as troops advanced some 50 miles into Allied territory, creating the

Photos -- many of which never ran in LIFE magazine -- from the final, failed German offensive on the Western Front in World War II.

vintage everyday: Rare Images of the Battle of the Bulge - WWII Army GIs search for German paratroopers during the Battle of the Bulge, December

1945: Captain J McMahon, of the U.S. 9th Army, carrying a child over a bombed bridge at the River Elbe, Tangemunde. The bridge was blown up by retreating German troops.

WWI US 9th Army Soldier Carries Child over Bombed River Elbe Bridge Press Photo

WWI US Army Soldier Carries Child over Bombed River Elbe Bridge. Captain J McMahon, of the U. Army, carrying a child over a bombed bridge at the River Elbe, Tangemunde. The bridge was blown up by retreating German troops.

An American infantryman picks up a wounded German soldier on the road to St. Lo France and helps him into a half-track. The German was abandoned by his own troops after being wounded. 20 June 1944.

An American infantryman picks up a wounded German soldier on the road to St. Lo, France, and helps him into a half-track. The Nazi was abandoned by his own troops after being wounded. 20 June I love America!

The nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient died Friday evening in his home state of New Jersey, local media reported. Nicholas Oresko, from Bayonne, singlehandedly killed 12 Nazi soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge near Tettingen, Germany, preventing the deaths of many American soldiers, according to The Record.

Medal of Honor recipient Nicholas Oresko dies at 96 in New Jersey

Nicholas Oresko, the oldest Medal of Honor winner, died at the age of He won the honor for singlehandedly killing 12 German soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge.

The Allied Counter Attack 25 December 1944 - 28 January 1945: Soldiers of the 83rd Infantry Division man an anti-tank gun near Revigny, midway between Houffalize and St Vith.

The Allied Counter Attack 25 December 1944 - 28 January 1945: Soldiers of the 83rd Infantry Division man an anti-tank gun near Revigny, midway between Houffalize and St Vith.

Battle of the Bulge - German prisoners of war dig graves for members of the 101st Airborne Division who were killed defending Bastogne against the Germans.     Signal Corps Photo #ETO-HQ-45-91 (Tec 5 Krochka).

Battle of the Bulge - German prisoners of war dig graves for members of the Airborne Division who were killed defending Bastogne against the Germans.

War Is Not A New Concept

War Is Not A New Concept

US soldier sits on a destroyed Chinese bunker during the Korean War. Lies next to light machine gun, anti-tank grenade. In his hand was a carbine with a nozzle for rifle grenades

Maj Gen, Commander of XVIII Airborne Corps, Matthew Ridgway, and Maj Gen James "Jumping Jim" Gavin, commanding 82nd Airborne Division confer during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 18, 1944. It was Gavin's paratroopers who put up stiff resistance to the German onslaught and effectively held the line. Note how Ridgway has grenades pinned to his harness. The chance of a major general needing grenades was less than pressing, but the gesture definitely added a warlike hue to the wearer.

Major General Matthew Ridgway, Commander of XVIII Airborne Corps, and Major General James Gavin, Commander Airborne Division

Sd.Kfz. 251/3 during the Ardennes offensive.

Soldiers of the Panzer Division with an armored personnel carrier during the Ardennes offensive.

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