Gentleman, Today is the anniversary of teh Battle of the Bulge. Appropriately I have a question about the last phase of the battle, the American counterattack: What in your opinion are factors contributed to the slowness of the allied offensive phase of the battle? S. Patton's relieve of Bastogne is considered a classic in mobile warfare. The erradication of the German salient however took the First and Third Army three more weeks to complete, and the battle was not declared won until 13 Janauary. The battle is by all accounts a sluggish bloodbath of extreme intensity, and according some, a disappointment for the Allies. In the words of Carlos D'Este, instead of a rapid, decisive counterstroke Eisenhower hoped for, the American counteroffensive had " assumed all the characteristics of a steamroller". Max Hastings argued that this episode demonstrated the inferior offensive power of the US Army vis-a-vis the Wehrmacht, rejecting the influence of the rough terrain and the cold as mere excuses since the counteroffensive was fought on exactly the same sector the 5th Panzer Army ruptured the US line when the terrain did not prove decsive and that the cold equally effected the Germans.