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Command Decisions and the Course of Operations Leading to the Climax of the Crisis

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/9780813140797.003.0009
Command Decisions and the Course of Operations Leading to the Climax of the Crisis

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Chapter 8 outlines the continued advance of the Allies and the strategic steps the Germans tried to enact as they retreated further out of France. Model, in direct violation of Hitler’s orders, ordered the withdrawal from the bridgehead west of the Seine River. The encirclement along of the Seine River and the intended annihilation of the German army in Normandy had not up to that point been a complete success, and the Allies, starting with the Americans, shifted over to aggressive operations. Model found himself forced to order all available units capable of mobile combat operations to move in the direction of the breakthrough sector. He continued to emphasize the importance of bolstering the West Wall, but the tempo of the Allied advance had taken Hitler by surprise.

Keywords: Field Marshal Model; Breakthrough of the Rhone River Valley; Army Group B; Evacuation of Paris; Allied movement across the Seine; The Mons Pocket; West Wall

Chapter.  17375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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