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By Charles B. MacDonald

To many an Allied soldier and officer and to numerous armchair strategists, global struggle II in Europe seemed close to an finish whilst in past due summer season of 1944 Allied armies raced throughout northern France, Belgium, and Luxembourg to the very gates of Germany. That this was once now not, in truth, the case used to be a painful lesson that the months of September, October, November, and December could clarify with stark emphasis. the tale of the sweep from Normandy to the German frontier has been advised within the already released Breakout and Pursuit. the current quantity relates the reports of the 1st and 9th U.S. Armies, the 1st Allied Airborne military, and people American devices which fought lower than British and Canadian command, at the northern flank of the conflict entrance that stretched around the face of Europe from the Netherlands to the Mediterranean. The operations of the 3rd U.S. military within the heart, from mid-September via mid-December, were stated within the Lorraine crusade; these of the 7th U.S. military at the south might be instructed within the Riviera to the Rhine, a quantity in training. not like the grand sweep of the pursuit, the breaching of the West Wall known as for the main grueling form of struggling with. large armies waged the crusade defined' during this publication, however the person soldier, pitting his braveness and stamina opposed to harsh parts in addition to a obdurate enemy, emerges because the relocating spirit of those armies. within the soreness of the Huertgen woodland, the disappointment of MARKET-GARDEN, the savagery of the fight for Aachen, the valor of the yank soldier and his gallant comrades proved the fundamental element of eventual victory.

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Few of the eleven panzer divisions had more than five to ten tanks in working order. Artillery in both in- THE ROAD TO GERMANY 17 FIELD MARSHAL MODEL fantry and panzer divisions was almost a thing of the past. The troops were depressed by Allied superiority in planes and tanks and by the contrast between their own horse-drawn transport and the motors of their enemy. In Alsace a wide gap had developed between the two groups of armies that could not be filled with less than three fresh infantry divisions.

In 1941 General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, who had first been impressed with Hodges while he himself was assistant commandant of The Infantry School, brought Hodges to Washington as Chief of Infantry. His performance as an administrator already proved, General Hodges showed his ability as a field commander while directing the Third Army during the 1943 Louisiana maneuvers. In early 1944 General Hodges had left for England to become deputy commander of General Bradley's First Army and to direct the training and co-ordination of the various corps and divisions readying for D-Day.

II, pp. 218-35. 18 This account is based primarily on Research and Development Service, Office of the Chief of Ordnance, Comparison of American, German, and Japanese Ordnance, 6 May 1945, Vols. I and II. A comprehensive study and comparison of American and German wea'pons and equipment will be included in Ordnance Overseas, a volume in preparation in the Ordnance subseries of THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN WORLD WAR II. The German infantry division, like the American, had four artillery battalions-three THE SIEGFRIED LINE CAMPAIGN 26 CAPTURED PANZERFAUST --------------- ---- shortages of ammumtIOn and equipment, damage done to the artillery system, high casualties among skilled artillerists, and the disruption of smooth teamworkrather than to deficiences of doctrine and organization.

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