Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: 75 Years Later, an Inside Look of Heroism During Battle of the Bulge Seventy-five years ago this month, on 17 January 1945, the so-called “Battle of the Bulge” had pretty much ended. American and British troops had flattened the December German protrusion into Luxembourg and Belgium. A desperate German rear guard was trying to stem an inexorable Allied advance eastwards. Nowhere was that more evident than in the tiny Luxembourg village of Oberwampach located close to the Belgian border. The next step to the rear for the Germans was into their homeland. Their commanders were determined to stop the U.S. Army’s 358th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division from driving them out of their defensive positions.