When the Germans attacked on December 16 1944 hoping to reach Antwerp they had a to big objective. Hitler demanded to much so even when they were succesful as with achieving surprise and a breakthrough they ruined it by striving for to much. Would they have been more succesful if the objective had simply been the US formations in front of them instead? They largely destroyed one US division, if the objective of the entire offensive had simply been the encirclement and destruction of say three US divisions while holding off US relief attempts (3rd Army) instead of attempting a deep drive could they have been succesful? Their fuel shortage wouldn't have hurt them so badly if they were dug in around 3 US divisions with their entire 250,000 force shelling and squeezing them while holding off Patton. They wouldn't have had a huge flank for Patton to attack while they themselves were running out of fuel. If they'd been succesful they could have then withdrawn under pressure to their original line. Would the removal of three US divisions have helped retard the Allied pressure on them that later forced the Rhine?