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Battle of the Bulge begins... Initial attack by the Germans...



Item # 639526

December 17, 1944

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Massachusetts, December 17, 1944

* Battle of Bulge begins
* Initial German attack
* World War II - WWII


The front page has a three column headline: "Heavy Nazi Attack Hurled at 1st Army In Ardennes Forest" with subheads. (see)

wikipedia notes: On December 16 1944, at 5:30 A.M., the Germans began the assault with a massive, 90-minute artillery barrage using 1,600 artillery pieces across an 80 miles (130 km) front on the Allied troops facing the 6th Panzer Army. The Americans' initial impression was that this was the anticipated, localized counterattack resulting from the Allies' recent attack in the Wahlerscheid sector to the north, where the 2nd Division had knocked a sizable dent in the Siegfried Line. In the northern sector Dietrich's 6th Panzer Army assaulted Losheim Gap and Elsenborn Ridge in an effort to break through to Liège.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day with much more on World War II. Complete in 40 pages, light toning and minor wear at the  margins, generally nice.

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