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Battle of the Bulge very close...

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December 14, 1944

THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 14, 1944

* Battle of Bulge to begin
* Armies lining up at border
* World War II - WWII

The front page has a five column headline: "1ST ARMY ATTACKS BELOW DUEREN; 7TH CLOSES IN ON REICH BORDER" with subheads and related map. (see) The initial beginning of the infamous battle would begin in two days.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day with much more on World War II. Complete with all 40 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.

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.

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