Unknown to the top brass, however, the Germans are massing on the other side of the Ardennes with the intention of attacking on 16 December - an action that will become known as the Battle of the Bulge. Hitler plans to break through the American lines and capture Antwerp, denying invasion forces a deep water port. The Führer's ultimate aim is to drive a wedge between the Allies, enabling the Nazis to regain supremacy in western Europe.
Eddie Kyle's own conflict is on two fronts: with Cravitz, a tough sergeant who takes a instant dislike to him, and the Germans, who he and his buddy discover waiting in force in the small town of Bonneville. Eddie's attempts to persuade Cravitz of an imminent German assault is ignored. The subsequent attack catches the Americans on the back foot, and Eddie and his comrades are caught in the middle of one of the greatest military conflicts of World War II ...