World Battlefronts, WESTERN FRONT: Explosion

On a 60-mile front, from gloomy, blood-soaked Hürtgen Forest to the eastern bulge of Luxembourg opposite Trier, the Germans finally smashed back. They struck with more weight and fury than they had mustered at any time since their ill-fated attempt to break the Allied line at Mortain, in Normandy.

On the Roer River, north and south of Düren, an explosive situation had been built up. It was like a gas-filled room waiting for someone to light a match. General Bradley's First and Ninth Armies occupied 27 miles of the river's west bank. The Ninth, which had reached its positions first,...

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