Battle of the Bulge Vs. Battle of Iwo Jima
The topic of this essay is to compare and contrast the strategies and tactics between the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Iwo Jima. These were two of the major conflicts involving the Americans during World War II. The Battle of the Bulge is actually several minor conflicts that were lumped together, by the press at the time, to make one large conflict. The Battle of Iwo Jima was one of, if not the largest conflicts over in the Pacific theatre of World War II.
The Battle of the Bulge took place in the European theatre of World War II between 16 December 1944 and 25 January 1945. It was by far the bloodiest and highest casualty battle for the American’s side during WWII on the European front. During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans were planning on launching their largest offensive attack against Allied Nations. The intent of this attack was to catch the Americans by surprise and weaken their forces in order to take control of some important roads for transportation, resupply and troop movement.
The plan was for the Germans to use the weather as an aide in the attack. The weather helped to prevent the Americans from being able to use their superior air firepower against the German assault. Due to the lack of air superiority, the Germans were able to bombard the Americans with a massive artillery attack before the sun started to rise. The weather not only took a toll on the Americans, but it also had some effects on the Germans. The heavy snow would slow down or keep the Germans from being able to resupply German forces and advance on the Allied forces.
Through the early days of the Battle of the Bulge, it seemed as though the Germans just had the Americans number. It seemed as though every little conflict was being won by the German offensive. The Germans were moving from the northern border towards the west and were taking most of the little towns that were in between. The Americans...