STRATEGY: First Month

A detachment of neutral news correspondents, including five Americans, toured Germany last week from Aachen to Kaiserslautern, guided by German officers who happily, confidently showed them the wonders of the Westwall. The correspondents wrote marveling descriptions of the Wall's depth, complexity and strength; its clever tricks of camouflage; murderous traps for tanks and infantry; ponderous guns for long-range punishment of the Allies. "The Westwall will never be finished, just as a forest never ceases to grow," they quoted one general as saying. They gave the net impression that the Wall was,...

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