The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign of World War II. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front towards the end of World War II in the European theatre. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany's armored forces on the Western Front, and they were largely unable to replace them. German personnel, and later Luftwaffe aircraft , also sustained heavy losses.
The Germans officially referred to the offensive as Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein . The Allies called it the Ardennes Counteroffensive. The phrase "Battle of the Bulge" was coined by contemporary press to describe the bulge in Allied front lines on wartime news maps and became the most widely used name for the battle.
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