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Normandy to VictoryThe War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army$
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John T. Greenwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125251

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125251.001.0001

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Exploitation of the St. Lô Breakthrough, 1 August-12 September 1944

Exploitation of the St. Lô Breakthrough, 1 August-12 September 1944

(p.81) Chapter 3 Exploitation of the St. Lô Breakthrough, 1 August-12 September 1944
Normandy to Victory

William C. Sylvan

Francis G. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides a written account of General Hodges and General Patton army's further advance to the south. It reports that General Hodges signed four secret copies of General Orders No 4 assuming command of the First United States Army. The chapter notes that three of the orders went to the Corps Commanders and the fourth copy to the AG [Adjutant General] safe. It also explains that the First Canadian Army launched a coordinated attack to the south, preceded by customary heavy preliminary air bombardment. The chapter reports military news of significant importance with V Corps' excellent advance, the regrouping of the VII Corps (which would be the main spearhead in the Army's drive into fortress Germany), and the fall of Le Havre from the British front.

Keywords:   General Hodges, General Patton, General Orders, United States Army, Adjutant General, Canadian Army, Germany, LeHavre

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