Dubbed "the greatest American battle of the war" by Winston Churchill, this battle in the Ardennes region of Belgium was Hitler's last major offensive against the western front. Germany's goal was to split up the Allies with the Ardennes, but it failed and paved the way for an Allied victory. Hitler's timing of the attack was strategic as record lows, freezing rain, fog, and deep snow, assaulted US troops leading to more than 15,000 "cold injuries". Nazi's didn't just use the weather but deception to spread misinformation among Allied troops such as changing road signs and infiltration in the form of trained spies. After the "bulge" of 230,000 Allied troops were sent to the Ardennes, thousands were surrounded by the Germans in the small Belgian town of Bagstone, but, the Allies sent in more troops, including the 101st Airborne Division, who broke through German lines and saved the soldiers. Claiming victory the Allies headed for Berlin to finish the war. In all, over a million Allied troops (500,000 being American), fought with about 19,000 casualties, 47,500 wounded, and 23,000 missing, while 100,000 Germans were killed, wounded or captured, and the Ardennes forest was destroyed.