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The Battle of Germany, 13 September–15 December 1944

William C. Sylvan and Francis G. Smith

in Normandy to Victory

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125251
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125251.003.0005
The Battle of Germany, 13 September–15 December 1944

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This chapter provides an account of the General's mapping out of plans to move into Germany. It narrates General Hodges' first entry into German territory—visiting VII Corps by automobile and having a secret conference with General Collins, whose headquarters was housed in the [Nazi] party headquarters of a small town five miles inside the border. The chapter reports a purported statement of Von Rundstedt [Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt] that the city of Cologne had been seized and that soldiers and civilians had been called upon to take over power, and to oust Hitler and the SS. It also reports of the offensive and the fall of Aachen, the first German city of any size to fall into Allied hands. The chapter then discusses the big attack for which General Hodges had been waiting patiently and which General Bradley believed would be the last big offensive necessary to bring Germany to its knees.

Keywords: Germany; VII Corps; General Collins; Nazi; Von Rundstedt; Cologne; Hitler; Aachen; General Hodges; General Bradley

Chapter.  36599 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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