By mid-December, 1944, the question was how many more lives would be lost before the Third Reich collapsed. In the west, combined armies of France, Britain, and the United States stood on the very border of the German nation. acing them stood the same divisions that four years before had swept all before them. In the east, the massive Soviet forces were about to launch their winter offensive and drive the Wehrmacht to within 30 miles of Berlin. Numerically the German Army was overwhelmed, but some of their shattered divisions were still the best in the world. It was with these crack forces that Germany made one last offensive into the Ardennes. It was a gamble, and it failed. This game is a simulation of a real-world event. It is played on a map that is a simplified terrain reproduction of the actual battlefield. A grid of hexagons printed over the map is used to regulate movement much as the squares on a chess board. The pieces in the game represent the actual military units that took part in the historical conflict.