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May 3 2002 at 3:01 PM
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Response to The bulge

The Bulge is a big area -- about the size of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island combined. The elevations also varied a great deal -- from high hilly ridges in the northeast to cleared plateau in the center, to more wooded hills in the south. As you probably know, distance and elevation can affect precipitation immensely. For instance, here in Hartford, CT, it can be sleeting, but in the northwest foothills of the Berkshires -- a mere 30 miles -- there could be an inch accumulation of snow.

To the point. Some areas of the northeast Bulge aready had an inch or so of snow, for example, but due west towards Malmedy and Trois Points there was only drizzle and rain.

The Germans had camouflaged their equipment accordingly. They were not going to apply snow camo if snow had not yet fallen; that's why you see all the photos of Tiger IIs of 501 sSSpzabt, and the Panthers and Pzr Ivs of Hitlerjugend, sporting the 3-tone camo scheme.

Study your photos and note the dates when they were taken. Many of these show snow scenes, but were photographed after the action had ended -- sometimes weeks afterwards. So the guys above are right, in general -- no snow until later.

Lynn Kessler

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