The Battle of the Bulge was the name given to a major German counter-attack launched against US forces in Belgium. 'Bulge' refers to the German penetration of the US lines during the battle. It is featured as a map for Battlefield 1942.
Historically, it was the last major offensive ever mounted by the Wehrmacht and was ordered personally by Hitler, despite the misgivings of several of his top generals. It was planned to be a repeat of the very successful 1940 blitzkrieg in France that won the Wehrmacht its fame. Hitler however, decided to ignore the differences between the 1940 Wehrmacht and the 1944 Wehrmacht. It was an initial success, catching the defenders off-guard and on full retreat, but eventually failed as the Germans were held up by US airborne troops besieged in the town of Bastogne (not depicted in this map) as well as in the frontlines by other Allied troops. General George S. Patton's army ensured that the Germans were not only driven out of Belgium, but were chased into Germany. If anything, the Germans achieved very little in terms of military gain and wasted much valuable resources that may have been better employed in defensive battles.
— Map Briefing
This is a large map, based around the town of St Vith. At the start of the game, the US forces are in possession of 5 capturable points, while the Germans only have a single uncapturable base. The German forces must attack the US positions and capture as many as possible. In addition, there are bunkers and an ammunition depot to the west.
At the beginning of the round, the Germans start off with 1 heavy tank, multiple light tanks, and an artillery piece, but suffer ticket loss. The US, while having the advantage in tickets, is only equipped with a small number of tanks, most of which are far from the front lines. It comes down to a question of whether or not the superior German armor can make up for the disadvantage in tickets.
|United States Army|
There are six flags in total, five of which are capturable. Since the German team is attacking, they start with ticket bleed until the first point is captured.
United States Army:Edit
American Fuel Supply DepotEdit
The American base is on the opposite end of the map from the German HQ. Under Amercan control, it spawns two M4 Shermans, two M3A1s, and an M7 Priest. Under German control, it spawns two Panzer IVs, two Hanomags, and a Wespe. Discounting commando attacks, this is most likely the last point the Germans will capture due to its distance from their main base.
American Outpost (1)Edit
This is a destroyed town across the river with ruins to provide cover for ambushes and surprise attacks. There is an intact church which lies near to the flag. The flag itself is in the middle of a fortified post with machine guns, barbed wire and sandbags covering the defenders. Despite its usefulness and strategic importance, it doesn't spawn any vehicles.
American Outpost (2)Edit
The nearest American flag to the German base. It can be seen from the German base. It features a windmill on top of a hill with a few sandbags. Due to its proximity and poor defenses, it's often the first flag to fall. It spawns an M4 Sherman under American control and a Panzer IV under German control.
German Armored ColumnEdit
A large base that spawns four Panzer IVs, a Tiger, and a Wespe. It also cannot be captured by the Americans.
Lies east of the windmill and cannot be used as a spawn point. A Willys MB and an M2 Browning can be found there.
A cluster of buildings and fortifications that spawns nothing and is situated on a tall ridge east of the supply depot. Like the sawmill, it cannot be used as a spawn point. However, it is of some strategic importance as its elevation and remoteness make it an excellent artillery position.
— American Victory
— German Victory