World Battlefronts, WESTERN FRONT: Rundstedt's Choice

Battered and bedeviled, the German salient in the Ardennes shrank, squirmed, changed shape. Allied counterblows from three directions forced Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt to make a decision. He could stand and fight a battle that was turning against him, or he could back up with his well-earned gains. He chose retreat—and conducted it with consummate skill and minimum losses (see below).

Top U.S. military sources were now agreed that Rundstedt had aimed, primarily, to capture the Allied communications center at Liège, seize or smash the great supply dumps there. The Germans probably...

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