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Outdoor Xtreme Chesapeake City MD - Battle of the Bulge VIII Saturady, Dec. 10th - Chesapeake City, MD
Posted 13 June 2011 - 07:50 AM
Join us at Outdoor Xtreme Chesapeake City for the Battle of the Bulge VIII on December 10, 2011. This will be the exclamation point at the end of a great year of scenario paintball.
Battle of the Bulge VIII
Saturday Dec. 10th
The coldest, snowiest weather in memory in the Ardennes Forest on the German/Belgium border.
Over a million men, 500,000 Germans, 600,000 Americans (more than fought at Gettysburg ) and 55,000 British.
3 German armies, 10 corps, the equivalent of 29 divisions.
3 American armies, 6 corps, the equivalent of 31 divisions.
The equivalent of 3 British divisions as well as contingents of Belgian, Canadian and French troops.
100,000 German casualties, killed, wounded or captured.
81,000 American casualties, including 23,554 captured and 19,000 killed.
1,400 British casualties 200 killed.
800 tanks lost on each side, 1,000 German aircraft.
The Malmedy Massacre, where 86 American soldiers were murdered, was the worst atrocity committed against American troops during the course of the war in Europe .
In its entirety, the “Battle of the Bulge,” was the worst battle - in terms of losses - to the American Forces in WWII.
On a wintry mid-December day in 1944, three powerful German armies plunged into the semi-mountainous, heavily forested Ardennes region of eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg . Their goal was to reach the sea, trap four allied armies, and impel a negotiated peace on the Western front.
Thinking the Ardennes was the least likely spot for a German offensive, American Staff Commanders chose to keep the line thin, so that the manpower might concentrate on offensives north and south of the Ardennes . They were wrong in their assessment. The American line was thinly held by three divisions and a part of a fourth, while the fifth was making a local attack and a sixth was in reserve. Division sectors were more than double the width of normal, defensive fronts.
Even though the German Offensive achieved total surprise, nowhere did the American troops give ground without a fight. Within three days, the determined American stand and the arrival of powerful reinforcements insured that the ambitious German goal was far beyond reach.
In snow and sub-freezing temperatures the Germans fell short of their interim objective - that of reaching the sprawling Meuse River on the fringe of the Ardennes . All the Germans accomplished was to create a Bulge in the American line. In the process they expended irreplaceable men, tanks and material. Four weeks later, after grim fighting, with heavy losses on both the American and German sides, the Bulge ceased to exist.
On Saturday, December 10th you can re-fight the Battle of the Bulge at OXCC. This day should be non-stop action from beginning to end!
7:30 a.m. Registration & Air open
9:00 a.m. Rules Briefing & Prize Give-away
9:30 a.m. Teams head to fields
10:00 a.m. Game starts
4:00 p.m. Break for Final Battle
4:30 p.m. Final Battle
5:00 p.m. Game Ends
5:15 p.m. Post Game Scores and Awards/Give-Aways
Late arrivals will be inserted into the game at the regular Rejuvenation times (every 15 minutes)
Your Commanders Will Be:
German Forces will be lead by Noah Harper of RT Raiders and Master Blasters Fame. Noah's XO will be BarneyNY
American Forces will be lead by...
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