given proper attention because of the shortage of medical supplies. "The Operations of the 3rd Battalion, 395th Infantry (99th Infantry Division) Prior to and During the German Counter-Offensive, 10 November 24 December 1944 (Ardennes Campaign) (Personal Experience of a Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer (PDF). The majority of the German force executed a successful fighting withdrawal and escaped the battle area, although the fuel situation had become so dire that most of the German armor had to be abandoned. Meanwhile, the Allied air offensive of early 1944 had effectively grounded the Luftwaffe, leaving the German Army with little battlefield intelligence and no way to interdict Allied supplies. The Germans had amassed their last reserves of armour and fuel - indeed many German Generals believed that the Offensive did not have the fuel reserves necessary to achieve the breakthrough required - to split the Allied Armies and drive through to the Port. Their front lines in the west had been considerably shortened by the Allied offensive and were much closer to the German heartland. Men of Steel: I SS Panzer Corps: The Ardennes and Eastern Front, 194445.
The Allies chose to defend the Ardennes with as few troops as possible due to the favorable terrain (a densely wooded highland with deep river valleys and a rather thin road network) and limited Allied operational objectives in the area. One of those wounded and captured was Lieutenant Donald Prell of the Anti-Tank Company of the 422nd Infantry, 106th Division. Von Rundstedt set up his operational headquarters near Limburg, close enough for the generals and Panzer Corps commanders who were to lead the attack to visit Adlerhorst on 11 December, travelling there in an SS-operated bus convoy. While operations continued in the autumn, notably the Lorraine Campaign, the Battle of Aachen and fighting in the Hürtgen Forest, the strategic situation in the west had changed little. Citation needed Siege of Bastogne edit.S. Adolf Hitler personally selected for the counter-offensive on the northern shoulder of the western front the best troops available and officers he trusted. The disputes between Montgomery and Bradley were well known, and Hitler hoped he could exploit this disunity. Allegedly, the SS troopers suddenly opened fire on the prisoners. "Why the Bulge Didn't the Crucible - Proctor - Theme Break: Green Troops Grew Up Fast to Become Heroes of Hofen". 1, Stackpole, isbn Schrijvers, Peter (2005 The Unknown Dead: Civilians in the Battle of the Bulge, University Press of Kentucky, isbn Shaw, Antony (2000 World War II Day by Day, Osceola: MBI Pub.