Of the three shows that were made for this program, this particular battle is probably the most known of the three because there are people still alive today and went through it. The other two shows were ancient history, involving Alexander The Great and Napoleon.
This was presented in the same fashion, using live actors, computerized special-effects, a narrator and interviews with military experts.
When this key battle in World War II was over, 80,000 Americans were killed or wounded and over 100,000 Germans suffered likewise casualties. The Allies victory enabled them to march into Germany and finish the war in the European Theater. This big battle, staged mainly in Bastogne around Christmastime in 1944, was Germany's last line of defense.
Amazing, and against what the experts say should have happened, was fought in a dense forest area: 88 miles to thick pine trees, which does not favor an attacking force. But, as the German commanders found out, there was no arguing with their boss, Adolph Hilter.
The program is fair, giving "props" to the brave soldiers on both sides: the 101st Airborne unit of the United States and the Germans, of whom many were just civilians - from eight-year-old kids to 60-year-old. Hitler wanted numbers and he took about every available male even if they had no experience in fighting.
I'm sorry they only made three episodes of this series. It helped bring history to life and was very educational. They can be viewed on the Military Channel.
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