Hi, Transfer of other troop from other front would alert the allied forces and suprise is of vital importance in Ardennes offensive. And troop in Norway and Yugoslavia were mostly infantry units and contributed less in this battle.
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Allies knew that Germans move troops across the territory of Germany, but they have considered it do for defense strengthening. In Ardennes Germans just lacked infantry, to carry out tanks through the mountain and woody area where they are a little effective. I will repeat, in Ardennes attacked 30 German divisions, Germans easily could increase number to 100 and also it is easy to win battle.
Hi, Jesk, I agree with your point that the number of German divisions are too small for significant result. Apart from Hitler's despise over Anglo-US troop, German also faced equipment problem. For me, Panzer division is of vital importance in victory in Ardennes offensive. Speedy movement towards the southwestern coast , culminating in capture of Antrwerp, Allied main supply port, was decisive factor. Once German panzer units captured Antwerp and strong panzer units formed a strong barrier to prevent US troop from attacking north, British Second Army and Canadian First Army were starved of supply and forced to evacuate by sea like repeat of Dunkirk in 1940 or surrender. The destruction of 11 British divisions (3 armoured and eight infantry divisions plus army troop) and five Canadian divisions really altered the war course.
But allied air bombing and heavy suffering in the past months made German cannot fully reinforce its panzer divisions. German cannot field so many fully refitted Panzer divisions at one moment.
Eight Panzer divisions and two PG divisions were ready for Ardennes offensive only. Another five Pz or PG divisions still waited for refitting. 17t.SS PanzerGrenadier division Gotz von Berlinchingen only received full shipment of StuG until the very end of December 1944, so she would otherwise released to Norwind offenisve. 21.Pz division and 25.Panzergrenadier divisions were the same story. 11. Panzer division was starved of motor vehicles and was very immobile. Even the spearhead units : 6.SS Panzer Armee, only Leibstandarte and Hitlerjugend had an adequate of motor vehicles while Das Reich and Hohenstaufen had not enough motor , so the latter were placed at reserve following I.SS Panzerkorps. And the transfer of elite 2.Gebirgs and 6.SS Gebirgs divisions were too late for Ardennes and instead, 6.SS went to Nordwind.
The situation of 5.Panzerarmee was worse ever. 2. 116. and Pz Lehr divisions were no longer strong divisions in Normandy.
German had refitted a number of Panzer divisions in Heeresgruppe A and Center. But the Eastern Front was under OKH Command, Guderian always focused on strengthening of German defense of Poland and East Prussia as he think it is of vital importance to the survival of the Third Reich and East Prussia also was his homeland too. He even wanted Jodl to transfer Panzer divsions to East Prussia and also some divisions from Hungary.
And Jesk, I agree with you that Panzer divisons were too many in Hungary and infantry otherwise were too little indeed. perhap only area can bring German three armoured units : Italy, Italy was relative slient war zone, 26. Panzer division and 29. and 90. PG divisions, I always think Hitler can transfer those three divisions to Ardennes or East Prussia, let those division in slient battlefield, was very fatal error in Dec 1944.