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:
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
Around 15000 individual photos
Over 75 gigabytes of raw photos
Final film: 1.84 gigabytes
Produced and created by Twin_Bricks
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