The Battle for Western Europe, Fall 1944

The Battle for Western Europe, Fall 1944

An Operational Assessment
Adams, John A.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/09/2010
Format: Hardback 1 b&w illus., 20 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-35435-8
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This engrossing and meticulously researched volume reexamines the decisions made by Dwight D. Eisenhower and his staff in the crucial months leading up to the Battle of the Bulge. In late August 1944 defeat of the Wehrmacht seemed assured. On December 16, however, the Germans counterattacked. Received wisdom says that Eisenhower’s Broad Front strategy caused his armies to stall in early September, and his subsequent failure to concentrate his forces brought about deadlock and opened the way for the German attack. Arguing to the contrary, John A. Adams demonstrates that Eisenhower and his staff at SHAEF had a good campaign strategy, refined to reflect developments on the ground, which had an excellent chance of destroying the Germans west of the Rhine.

Author Bio

John A. Adams is author of If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War (IUP, 2008).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
1. Culmination
2. Logistics
3. SHAEF's Plan
4. It Wasn't Arnhem versus Antwerp
5. Concentrate, General Bradley
6. Patton's Lorraine Campaign
7. November Rerun
8. Opportunity in the South
Conclusion: Unity of Command
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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