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General George Patton's most controversial campaign was the series of battles in autumn 1944 along the German frontier which centered on the fortified city of Metz. It took nearly four months, from September to December 1944, for Patton's Third Army to capture the Metz-Thionville fortified zone. In part, the problem was logistics. As was the case with the rest of the Allied forces in the European Theatre, supplies were limited until the port of Antwerp could finally be cleared. Also problematic was the weather. The autumn of 1944 was one of the wettest on record, and hardly conducive to the…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
General George Patton's most controversial campaign was the series of battles in autumn 1944 along the German frontier which centered on the fortified city of Metz. It took nearly four months, from September to December 1944, for Patton's Third Army to capture the Metz-Thionville fortified zone. In part, the problem was logistics. As was the case with the rest of the Allied forces in the European Theatre, supplies were limited until the port of Antwerp could finally be cleared. Also problematic was the weather. The autumn of 1944 was one of the wettest on record, and hardly conducive to the type of mechanized warfare for which Patton was so famous. However at the heart of the problem was the accretion of sophisticated fortifications. Metz had been fortified since ancient times, heavily rebuilt by France in the post-Napoleonic period, modernized by Germany in 1870-1914, and modernized by France during the Maginot effort in 1935-40. The Germans hoped to hold Metz with a thin screen of second-rate troops, counting on the impregnable fortifications. This book covers the entire campaign from beginning to end, offering an unbiased assessment of the success and failures of both the Allied and Axis efforts.
  • Produktdetails
  • Campaign Nr.242
  • Verlag: OSPREY PUB INC
  • Seitenzahl: 96
  • Erscheinungstermin: März 2012
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 255mm x 187mm x 10mm
  • Gewicht: 307g
  • ISBN-13: 9781849085915
  • ISBN-10: 1849085919
  • Artikelnr.: 33825489
Autorenporträt
Steven J. Zaloga
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction
Chronology
The strategic setting
Opposing commanders
Opposing forces
Opposing plans
Campaign
The campaign in retrospect
The battlefield today
Further reading
Index