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RückzugThe German Retreat from France, 1944$
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Joachim Ludewig and David T. Zabecki

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140797

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140797.001.0001

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

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

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(p.213) Chapter 10 From the Climax of the Crisis to the First Indications of a Stabilization of the Western Front
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Joachim Ludewig

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DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140797.003.0011

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

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