Stunning Then & Now Photographs from the Battle of the Bulge


Argunners Magazine is able to present you stunning Then & Now photographs from the Battle of the Bulge. The photos were taken by Koos Winkelman from the Netherlands, who enjoys to travel and photographing places that once were part of (a bloody) history. 

The Battle of the Bulge which started on December 16, 1944 and ended on January 25, 1945. It’s also known as Unternehmen: Wacht am Rhein. It was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe.

The Germans’ initial attack included 200,000 men, 340 tanks and 280 other tracked vehicles. Between 67,200 and 100,000 of their men were killed, missing or wounded. For the Americans, 610,000 men were involved in the battle, of whom 89,000 were casualties, including up to 19,000 killed. It was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States in World War II.

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Heiderscheid

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Cpl. George Gearheart stands looking into one of the armored vehicles “Mad Dog” (M4 Sherman tank from Company C, 702nd Tank Battalion) destroyed on December 23, 1944 in Heiderscheid. 

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Kaiserbaracke

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Soldiers of the SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 as part of Kampfgruppe Knittel during the Battle of the Bulge. The photograph was taken at Kaiserbaracke on December 18, 1944. The soldiers have not been identified as of yet.

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Stavelot

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Königstiger (King Tiger) 105 of Kompanieführer (Company Commander) SS-Obersturmführer Jürgen Wessel of schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilug 501. Abandoned in Rue Haut Rivage Stavelot, Belgium on December 18, 1944.

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Ligneuville

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Three U.S. soldiers standing in front of Hotel des Ardennes behind a KO’d Panther in Ligneuville, December, 1944.

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Malmedy

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: M4 Sherman equipped with a dozer blade in Rue de la Gare, Malmedy in December, 1944.

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Bihan 83rd Inf Div

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: Troops of the U.S. 83rd Infantry Division pass through the village of Bihain.

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Bastogne

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: German POWs burying fallen soldiers in Bastogne, which is the the municipal cemetery of Bastogne.

Battle of the Bulge - Now & Then image Bastogne

THEN PHOTOGRAPH: General Troy H. Middleton shakes the hand of generaal Maxwell D. Taylor from the 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne on January 18, 1945.

This for now. Keep following Argunners Magazine to enjoy more Then & Now series. For those interested, you can take a look at Otto Funk in Normandy – Then & Now, Dijon in France during World War II – Then & Now or Hougoumont – Then & Now and so much more..


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  1. There’s nothing like military history from WW II, both Pacific and European. Grammar and High School students have the opportunity to read, and look at great sites such as this, and learn about a World War that happen not that long ago.

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