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The Situation Estimate Prepared by the Operations Staffs and the Failure of the Concept of a German “Counteroffensive from the Move”

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/9780813140797.003.0012
The Situation Estimate Prepared by the Operations Staffs and the Failure of the Concept of a German “Counteroffensive from the Move”

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Chapter 11 outlines the shift of the German army from acting on defensive retreat to being able to offer a counteroffensive to Allied forces. On September 9, Eisenhower emphasized that although German resistance had been believed close to collapse, it had become somewhat stiffer following the shift of combat operations to the vicinity of the Reich border. Following the loss of Antwerp, Hitler began to plan an offensive launched directly from the retreat in hopes of producing an operational level turning point, but his holding order of September 11 jeopardized the success of the retreat operations from the south and southwest of France. While on its way to Dompaire, the 2112th Panzer Battalion was forced on the defensive by a superior Allied force, and three subsequent air strikes resulted in the inability for the Germans to continue their counteroffensive.

Keywords: Operation Market; Operation Garden; Operation Market-Garden; 2112th Panzer Battalion; Dompaire

Chapter.  7589 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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