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The 90th Breaks Out

Henry G. Gole

in General William E. DePuy

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125008
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135168 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.003.0004
The 90th Breaks Out

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Although the European strategy formulated by the Allies required that the Normandy lodgment be expanded and that a breakout would be initiated after Germany's defeat, the enemy forces appeared to remain bogged down in the Bocage region. Operation COBRA utilized a large number of aircrafts to “carpet bomb” a path that passed through the German Defenses to facilitate the breakout. Because of the poor visibility in the target area and how air and ground commanders lacked coordination, several men were killed and others were injured during the breakout. Since the German counterattack failed, the German forces had to face the risk of being surrounded. In this chapter, an account regarding the experiences of DePuy and the 90th Division during the breakout targeted at the German troops is given.

Keywords: German Defenses; Bocage region; Allies; European strategy; Operation COBRA

Chapter.  8039 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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