With the Allied armies ready to invade Germany from the West, Hitler was convinced the only way to save the Reich was to stake everything on a final great offensive...
To thousands of American GI's spread thinly across the Ardennes forest that December of 1944, it was the front where nothing happened. Occasional patrols over the snow blanketed hills and valleys of eastern Belgium and Luxemburg came across little sign of enemy activity. For these bored, cold and often disgruntled GI's the action was obviously elsewhere.
That illusion was to be brutally shattered at precisely 5:30am on Saturday, December 16, 1944.
Suddenly, with no warning a massed German artillery assault began. To the well concealed German soldiers it was "an earth-shaking crescendo". To the stunned Americans it was a horrific morning suprise.
Armour plate protects the front of the engine as well as three sides of the driver / passenger area.
The vehicle has also been 'snow' camouflaged with a rough coat of whitewash.
Note the 'snow chains on the wheels