World Battlefronts, WESTERN FRONT: For What Stakes?

The first impact of the German offensive in the Ardennes had been stunning. Much more so was the size of the breakthrough, the continuing torrent of Nazi power poured through the gaps, the speed of the German spearheads.

Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt's generalship looked good. Using every possible means of deception and concealment, he had massed a formidable attacking force in the hills and woods. Allied air reconnaissance had reported some movement and concentrations there, but headquarters had not fully evaluated the enemy's real strength and intentions. Rundstedt had achieved tactical...

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