Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

Offensive in the Ardennes is the operation of the German troops on the Western Front during World War II.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

American troops in a snow-filled trench during the Battle of the Bulge.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

American GIs chop a foxhole in the frozen ground by a haystack during the Battle of the Bulge. The machine gun was set up in preparation for a German counterattack, expected at any moment.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

An American artilleryman shaves in frigid cold, using a helmet for a shaving bowl, during the Battle of the Bulge.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

American troops man trenches along a snowy hedgerow in the northern Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

Allied troops around a fire in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

Shell craters left by an Allied barrage laid down to clean German infantry out of the woods and fields during the Battle of the Bulge, Belgium, 1944.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

American trucks and half-tracks in a snow-covered Ardennes field, Battle of the Bulge.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

Scene during the Battle of the Bulge.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

German POWs on grave-digging duty during the Battle of the Bulge.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

Corpse beside a road during the Battle of the Bulge.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

German military wreckage, Battle of the Bulge.

Rare photos of the Battle of the Bulge

Frozen corpse of a German soldier killed during the Battle of the Bulge.