The American magazines that appeared on newsstands during late November and early December of 1944 are often found to have articles anticipating life in the post-war world or tips on how to welcome your returning husband home from battle. This editorial line of thinking was put on hold in mid-December when the Germans launched their brutal counter offensive through the Ardennes Forrest in what has come to be known as "the Battle of the Bulge".
The December 29, 1944 issue of UNITED STATES NEWS is an example of the this new editorial policy. The German surprise attack caught the Allies (and the home front editors) so terribly off-guard it triggered the writing of articles that called for increasing the draft pool and openly chided the generals for relying too heavily on air power.
The Battle of the Bulge was in its thirteenth day when this article was first read. The journalist explained how the Nazis did it and took a guess as to what the far-reaching effect will be for the remainder of the war.
During the Battle Of the Bulge the Germans attempted to assassinate General Eisenhower. Read about it here...
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