To day, December 16, 2017 it is 73 years ago that the Germans started an offensive westwards. Hitler called this operation Wacht am Rhein, which translates to Watch on the Rhine. This name suggest a defensive move, but it was ambtious, it was planned to reach the Belgium harbor of Antwerp. Hitler hoped to disrupt the Allied armies in the West and by this to gain time to halt the Russian armies in the East. This hope dead in the rocky wooded hills of the Beglium Ardennes. Regretfully many people were wounded or killed during this weeks of this battle which ended Januari 25 1945.