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The Start of the Retreat in the West

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/9780813140797.003.0007
The Start of the Retreat in the West

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Chapter 6 describes the movement of the German defenses away from the French coast towards Paris. On August 20, Model received Hitler’s Directive for Further Combat Operations which established the primary mission as holding the bridgehead west of Paris and preventing an enemy breakthrough south of Paris in the direction of Dijon. The Americans struck a vulnerable nerve when they crossed the Loing River and the Yonne River at Sens, just a few kilometers away from Troyes where the Germans had retreated. Expecting a push toward the Dijon region, the Germans had nothing to counter a continued Allied offensive.

Keywords: Directive for Further Combat Operations; Troyes; Dijon; Panzer; Army Group B; Retreat across the Seine

Chapter.  9965 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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