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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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The 90th Breaks Out

The 90th Breaks Out

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(p.41) 4 The 90th Breaks Out
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General William E. DePuy
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Henry G. Gole

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.003.0004

Although the European strategy formulated by the Allies required that the Normandy lodgment be expanded and that a breakout would be initiated after Germany's defeat, the enemy forces appeared to remain bogged down in the Bocage region. Operation COBRA utilized a large number of aircrafts to “carpet bomb” a path that passed through the German Defenses to facilitate the breakout. Because of the poor visibility in the target area and how air and ground commanders lacked coordination, several men were killed and others were injured during the breakout. Since the German counterattack failed, the German forces had to face the risk of being surrounded. In this chapter, an account regarding the experiences of DePuy and the 90th Division during the breakout targeted at the German troops is given.

Keywords:   German Defenses, Bocage region, Allies, European strategy, Operation COBRA

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