Color photos of US soldiers in the Ardennes

Color photos of US soldiers in the Ardennes

These wonderful war color photos were taken by American war photographer George Silk during the fighting in the Ardennes. In these battles of the World War II, several infantry divisions of the US army took part against the soldiers of the Wehrmacht. The actions of one of them were captured by George Silk in his war photos.

Losses of American troops in the Ardennes

Estimates of casualties in the Battle of the Ardennes vary widely. According to the US Department of Defense, US troops lost 89,500 people, including 19,000 killed, 47,500 wounded, and 23,000 captured and missing. The official report of the US Department of State of the US Army lists 108,347 victims, including 19,246 killed, 62,489 wounded, and 26,612 prisoners and missing persons. The Battle of the Ardennes was the bloodiest battle of American forces in both World War II and US history. Front-line photographer George Silk, walked the battle path to the end and took a lot of famous color war photos in color.

War photos in color of the American offensive in the Ardennes

Four American soldiers are warming themselves by a fire on the edge of the Ardennes forest. December 1944. 

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

The American M36 self-propelled gun is preparing to pull the M36 self-propelled gun that fell off the road in the Ardennes forest. December 20, 1944.

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

Three American soldiers in a trench at the edge of the Ardennes Forest. December 1944.
American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

Downed German plane at the edge of the Ardennes forest.

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

Belgian civilians board a Dodge WC63 truck as they evacuate from a war zone in the Ardennes. December 1944.

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

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Allied aviation condensation trails in the skies over the Ardennes.

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

American soldiers in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45. War photos in color. Photographer George Silk

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