For those who are interested, I started a new thread on the operations of the British troops in the 'Battle of the Bulge' over on the ww2talk site. Thusfar these operations have been given little coverage in the military literature. IMO the main reason for this is that in American military literature of the battle in the Ardennes, when it comes to the British contribution, focus is laid on the dissension between Montgomery and the American Generals (the "Montgomery-bashing"). While the British regard the operations in the Ardennes only as a 'side-show'. Their focus lay in the north, where preparations for the Rhineland-battle (Veritable) were well underway. The British contribution to the "Battle of the Bulge" was modest when compared to the American effort, but on the whole it was not insignificant. The British role was twofold. In Dec 44 British troops acted as a strategic reserve, placed behind the Meuse, which provided the Allied front with the necessary depth. Then, in January 45, during a two weeks period, form 3 until 17 Jan, British troops were active in the Ardennes and helped to reduce the enemy salient. They took over the positions of the U.S. VII Corps at the tip of the salient, so as to enable the Americans in the northern sector of the Ardennes, to concentrate their forces east of the Ourthe for the main drive toward Houffalize.