Lego Battle of the Bulge – World War II Stopmotion



In honor of the 76th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched their last major counteroffensive of the Second World War. After planning for months, the Germans took advantage of a large winter storm to mount their assault, through which they planned to reach the Belgian port of Antwerp. At 5:00 A.M on the 16th, the Germans started bombarding the American line along the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Fresh with new and inexperienced soldiers, the American line was quickly penetrated. The Germans attacked in massive numbers with tanks, soldiers, and other military vehicles. Within two days, they advanced past the forest and into the surrounding towns, including Stavelot, St. Vith, Schnee Eifel, and Malmedy. The following week involved intense fighting in the towns with fierce resistance from the American forces. One week later, on December 20, the 101st Airborne Division became completely surrounded by German forces in the town of Bastogne. The Allied Commanders, realizing the severity of the situation, tasked Patton’s Third Army with relieving the 101st. After intense fighting over the next week, the US 4th Armored Division of Patton’s Third Army arrived in Bastogne, alleviating the battered 101st Airborne Division and driving back the German Army. Unable to retaliate, the exhausted German forces retreated back into Germany. By the end of January, all traces of the counteroffensive were erased. Only three months after the conclusion of the Battle of the Bulge, the remaining Germans surrendered on May 8, 1945, officially ending the Second World War in Europe.

We did not include some aspects of this battle. This was not intended to offend or diminish the importance of the events that took place but was rather a creative choice we made.

You can find instructions to many of our models in this film on our Rebrickable page

Stug III in camouflage:

King Tiger:

Sherman Easy Eight:

German 21cm Morser:

These models are free and available for purchase. By purchasing our moc instructions, we earn a small revenue.
Some of the models in this film were also made by Brickmania. The minifigures are from Brickmania sticker packs.

Stuff we used to create this film:
– Camera: Canon EOS Rebel, Canon EOS 7D Mk II
– Stop-motion Software: Stopmotion Studio for Mac
– Video Editing Software: iMovie, DaVinci Resolve, Blender, After Effects
– Visual Effects (VFX): Footagecrate, Action VFX, Action Essentials, Assets found on Youtube, our own VFX Filmed on green screens
– Sound Effects: (SFX) Sound Bible, Zapsplat, Soundscrate, Action VFX, Free Sound Effects, Fesliyan Studios, as well as our own sound recordings
– German Officers: Natural Readers
– LEGO Models: Brickmania® Instruction books for building kits and some of our own mocs

Film Stats:
Around 15000 individual photos
Over 75 gigabytes of raw photos
Final film: 1.84 gigabytes
24 FPS

Produced and created by Twin_Bricks

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39 comments

  1. Thanks for all of your support and praise! Suggestions as well as feedback are greatly appreciated! Also, please read the description for info about this film. Again, thanks!
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  2. I love it when people in films make the Germans look like an unstoppable beast that can't be defeated 😂 great film!

  3. McFaulif's Christmas message. A part of it was read on "Band of Brothers."
    A worthy Christmas present.

    McAuliffe's Christmas Message

    Headquarters 101st Airborne Division

    Office of the Division Commander

    24 December 1944

    What's so Merry about all this, you ask? We're fighting-it's cold-we aren't home. All true but what has the proud Eagle Division accomplished with its worthy comrades of the 10th Armored division, the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion and all the rest? Just this: we have stopped cold everything that has been thrown at us from the North, East, South and West. We have identifications from four German Panzer Divisions, two German Infantry Divisions and one German Parachute Division. These units, spearheading the last desperate German lunge, were headed straight west for key points when the Eagle Division was hurriedly ordered to stem the advance. How effectively this was done will be written in history, not alone in our Division's glorious history but in World history. The Germans actually did surround us, their radio's blared our doom. Their Commander demanded our surrender in the following impudent arrogance.

    December 22nd, 1944

    To the U.S.A Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.

    The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Ourthe near Ortheuville, have taken Marche, and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hombres Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.

    There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A Troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.

    If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A.A Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A Troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term

    All the serious civilian losses caused by this Artillery fire would not correspond with the well known American humanity.

    The German Commander

    The German Commander received the following reply:

    22 December 1944

    To the German Commander:

    NUTS!

    The American Commander

    Allied troops are counterattacking in force. We continue to hold Bastogne. By holding Bastogne we assure the success of the Allied Armies. We know that our Division commander, General Taylor, will say: Well Done!

    We are giving our country and our loved ones at home a worthy Christmas present and being privileged to take part in this gallant feat of arms are truly making ourselves a Merry Christmas.

    A.C. McAuliffe

    Commanding.

  4. Amazing animation and variety of authentic vehicles. One question…why did you choose to do the American vehicles in panzer grey?

  5. Not all the Germans are dressed up as white so the Germans are still wearing their normal color gray I think that's their normal color❔❔❔❔

  6. I really like the look of the German the one in the snow their outfits are all white I really like it very much you look really cool

  7. as a long time history geek, and a longer lego fan, this is just stunning. i be 64 and still have legos

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