World: Back in Stride

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On the third day of Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt's surprise offensive, fog lay like a folded shroud over the wooded hills and rocky fields of southeastern Belgium. Near Stavelot a large German armored task force of tanks, tank destroyers, self-propelled guns and trucks snaked northward. Its aims: to seize U.S. gasoline and supply dumps just beyond Stavelot, to cut in behind the communications and supply lines of the U.S. First and Ninth Armies. At little Stavelot (pop. 5,000) the Germans would be only 22 miles from Liege, vital U.S. supply...

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