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Winter War by zulumike Winter War by zulumike
Battle of the Bulge, popular name in World War II for the German counterattack in the Ardennes, Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945. It is also known as the Battle of the Ardennes. On Dec. 16, 1944, a strong German force, commanded by Marshal von Rundstedt, broke the thinly held American front in the Belgian Ardennes sector. Taking advantage of the foggy weather and of the total surprise of the Allies, the Germans penetrated deep into Belgium, creating a dent, or "bulge," in the Allied lines and threatening to break through to the N Belgian plain and seize Antwerp. An American force held out at Bastogne, even though surrounded and outnumbered. The U.S. 1st and 9th armies, temporarily under Field Marshal Montgomery, attacked the German salient from the north, while the U.S. 3d Army attacked it from the south. Improved flying weather (after Dec. 24) facilitated Allied counterattacks. By Jan. 16, 1945, the German forces were destroyed or routed, but not without some 77,000 Allied casualties.

Here is an example of the allied air power dominating the skies. The German Luftwaffe and Panzer Armies are now short on fuel for there aircrafts and tanks. Also, complete supply lines cannot support the logistics of war due to the fuel shortage. The artwork shows 3 tanks stalled from lack of fuel and have become easy targets for the P-57’s 500 lb bombs.

Credit: P-47’s from SimV for FSX. Sky is from mayyang.com the winter groundwork is from Google photo Library. Various edits.
Tank ref: <a href=[link]>Tanks
Page 2 Panzer StuG, Page 5 Tiger, Page 6 Panzer IV.
Edited with Painter 12, GIMP and VUE.
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:iconeduardoleon:
EduardoLeon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am inspired by true events of WW2. 
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Appreciate it. Thanks.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, appreciate it.
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
You do the skies really nicely.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

I have using both Painter 12 and GIMP to do the skies.
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:iconcloudwilk:
Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Never heard of Painter 12 but I use GIMP all the time.
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Swatbot26 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Fantastic work! Very good!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I appreciate it.
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Swatbot26 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
You're welcome.
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Daisy-Dictator Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great job! :)
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. Cheers
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Incredible work you have done, just splendid :D
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it. Thank You.
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Thunderbolt120 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Photographer
Nice work :)
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I bet you like Thunderbolts. Cheers.
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Thunderbolt120 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Photographer
Yes, but mainly Thunderbolts II :D
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Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
P-47 Thunderbolt. :iconsuperw00tplz:

Why don't more people give the Thunderbolt credit for this extremely valuable role, I wonder?
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
General Eisenhower gave several P-47 fighter group credit for destroying German supply lines and armor from establishing a foothold during early critical days of D-Day.

The more I read about these planes the more I realize what they did for the allies.
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Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
:icongo-on-plz:


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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very good work! Beautiful details!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, glad you liked it. Cheers.
Hope I did not "mislead" you with the title.
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, I saw the title and expected Talvisota. Okay, I guess this is cool too.
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perttime Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
In case somebody doesn't know what you mean... : [link]
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dantedc Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Really good artwork, awesome colors.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much.
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it. Cheers
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Chuck. Cheers.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done!

As far as I know, the Luftwaffe wasn't really a player in the Bulge, or much of a player for most of the war for that mater-because of their losses in the Battle of Britain. I might be wrong or exaggerating though.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.

The Luftwaffe was still producing planes but the fuel was not available in the latter years of the war. I read that they had to ration fuel to training new pilots and they had minimum hours in trying to learn to fly combat in the ME-109 and FW-190's.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And undoubtedly, fuel was also prioritized for the jet planes.

Fun fact-I actually heard the story of a German vet who trained in some of those jet planes. It was on the radio a few months ago, locally.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lots of problems with jet engines, internal parts could not withstand the heat and friction.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, although some Me 262s and such did work, and I think even took down a bomber or two.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice work!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, liked your gallery.
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Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
You're most welcomed and thank you for viewing my gallery! :)
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Tatsumi67 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I was expecting a piece about the actual Winter War.
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Solar-Wanderer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely "amazing" piece of artwork! Great work :D
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I appreciate it.
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