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From the Climax of the Crisis to the First Indications of a Stabilization of the Western Front

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/9780813140797.003.0011
From the Climax of the Crisis to the First Indications of a Stabilization of the Western Front

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Chapter 10 describes the further retreat of the Germans across the Meuse River. By September 9, the units that were being transported to Vlissigen and Hoedenkenskerke across the Meuse were mostly supply elements, but the crossing operation for the Fifteenth Army’s combat units started the following night. By noon on September 8, Brandenberger’s right wing had to withdraw to or behind the Meuse River, the last natural obstacle before the border of the Reich. Though Brandenberger had been able to establish control under difficult conditions, his army was so weakened that they could hardly offer any resistance to the American breakthrough toward Aachen and Cologne, meaning that the four-week-long American pursuit had come to an end.

Keywords: German First Parachute Army; Westerschelde; West Wall; Meuse River

Chapter.  7974 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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