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The Situation around Paris

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/9780813140797.003.0008
The Situation around Paris

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Chapter 7 explains the heightening political unease inside Paris as the Americans worked their way toward the city. Paris had a decisive role in supplying the German army in Normandy and for troop movements from and to the front. Hitler saw that if the Germans were to concentrate their defensive effort in Paris, thereby forcing the Allies into costly and time-consuming fighting, then it might be possible to slow the tempo of the enemy advance. Choltitz’s original mission to preserve stable internal conditions in Paris grew increasingly more difficult as the unrest in the city driven by the Resistance rose to a point of near eruption. Once the Americans entered Paris supplying the city then became a logistics demand on the Americans’ resources.

Keywords: Von Choltitz; Supply route; Paris; The French Resistance; Charles de Gaulle; Allied march on Paris

Chapter.  9087 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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