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The Basis for Continued Combat Operations

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/9780813140797.003.0010
The Basis for Continued Combat Operations

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Chapter 9 establishes the ability of the German forces to continue to offer defensive opposition to the Allies. The objectives that Eisenhower had established for his armies on August 24 had mostly been achieved during the first few days of September. The rapid Allied pursuit had exacerbated the already existing logistical problems, widening the gap between the original operational plan and the support of the actual advance. The estimate of the enemy situation developed by the Allies since early August increasingly shifted toward underestimating Germany’s remaining strength, and by September 1, Josef Goebbels had managed to round up near 170,000 men to augment the German forces.

Keywords: General Montgomery; Eisenhower; Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt; Josef Goebbels; Single-thrust concept; West Wall

Chapter.  5390 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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