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Development of the Situation through the Middle of August 1944

Joachim Ludewig

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Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813140797
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813141305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813140797.003.0004
Development of the Situation through the Middle of August 1944

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Chapter 3 charts the changes made in German strategy in the West after the invasion of Normandy. The German offensive was weakened by command structure problems and the retention of seventeen divisions through the end of July. Withdrawal from France would mean that Germany would lose its base of operations for submarine warfare, as well as an important source of raw materials. Hitler’s determination to correct the situation in the west “by offensive means” became such an overpowering obsession that he later tried to exploit even the slimmest possibilities, totally misreading the military realities.

Keywords: OB West; Field Marshal Gunther von Kluge; Colonel General Alfred Jodl; Normandy Front; Retreat; Avranches; Army Group B

Chapter.  6150 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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