BATTLE OF FRANCE: Bradley Breaks Loose

On a day in late July Lieut. General Omar Nelson Bradley briefed war correspondents and made them a promise. His pledge: give him three hours of good flying weather any forenoon and he would break out of Normandy. The pent power of his U.S. forces back of Saint-Lô, like a gigantic rocket, would be loosed into the chute carved by a 2,000-plane air bombardment. After the breakthrough—the General made no promises.

Omar Bradley got his good weather on July 25 and touched off his rocket. It swooshed through the chute, burst out of...

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