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The Initial Situation in Northern France

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/9780813140797.003.0006
The Initial Situation in Northern France

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Chapter 5 outlines the efforts taken by the Germans to retain a force along the Channel coast. In late July, Hitler dismissed the option of establishing a defense along a rearward line as completely hopeless, and appointed Model as Kruge’s successor as the OB West in hopes of regaining the original western line. With the Allied capture of Cherbourg, the Germans became all the more focused on denying the enemy the other key logistical northern French ports at Dunkirk, Boulogne, and Le Havre. The resulting battle at Falaise saw the worst defeat of the Germans so far in the west, but the fighting skills and desperate courage of the German troops, combined with the faulty Allied decisions during the battle, saw that the victory was not as overwhelming as the Allies had hoped.

Keywords: OB West Model; Cherbourg; Falaise Pocket; Falaise; Battle of Normandy; Channel Coast

Chapter.  7269 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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