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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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The Battle of Germany, 13 September–15 December 1944

The Battle of Germany, 13 September–15 December 1944

(p.127) Chapter 4 The Battle of Germany, 13 September–15 December 1944
Normandy to Victory

William C. Sylvan

Francis G. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides an account of the General's mapping out of plans to move into Germany. It narrates General Hodges' first entry into German territory—visiting VII Corps by automobile and having a secret conference with General Collins, whose headquarters was housed in the [Nazi] party headquarters of a small town five miles inside the border. The chapter reports a purported statement of Von Rundstedt [Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt] that the city of Cologne had been seized and that soldiers and civilians had been called upon to take over power, and to oust Hitler and the SS. It also reports of the offensive and the fall of Aachen, the first German city of any size to fall into Allied hands. The chapter then discusses the big attack for which General Hodges had been waiting patiently and which General Bradley believed would be the last big offensive necessary to bring Germany to its knees.

Keywords:   Germany, VII Corps, General Collins, Nazi, Von Rundstedt, Cologne, Hitler, Aachen, General Hodges, General Bradley

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