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A great article....

Surprise attacks in supposedly secure areas. A spike in casualties. A few baffled American commanders. Suspicions of degrading morale within some units. Outright refusal to carry out lawful orders in others. Troops stretched too thin. Blame heaped on planners and those said to be responsible for unreliable intelligence.

Sound familiar?

It all began 60 years ago this very Christmas season when the German army, in a last-ditch effort, smashed through the Ardennes and struck the primary Allied lines in Belgium. The attack created an enormous salient or "bulge" in the lines thus it was known as the Battle of the Bulge (Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 28, 1945) and threatened to cut American and British forces in half.