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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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The German Reich's Military-Political Situation: Development of the General Conditions up to the Summer of 1944

The German Reich's Military-Political Situation: Development of the General Conditions up to the Summer of 1944

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(p.7) Chapter 1 The German Reich's Military-Political Situation: Development of the General Conditions up to the Summer of 1944
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Joachim Ludewig

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140797.003.0002

Chapter 1 describes how the end of 1942 and the start of 1943 brought the final turning point in the war with the landings of the Allies in French northwest Africa, the British offensive against German Army Group Africa, and the German failure at Stalingrad. By November 1943 Hitler concluded that the point of main effort had to be shifted to the west to defeat the anticipated landings and lay the foundation for a renewed offensive to the east. The summer of 1944 was marked by the constant retreat of the German front lines and the gradual defection of the allies of the Third Reich, starting with Italy in September 1943.

Keywords:   Fuhrer Directive 52, Allied invasion, German propaganda, Unconditional surrender, Tehran Conference, Mein Kampf

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