World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY: Happy Birthday, Dear General

From the town of Craincourt, southeast of Metz on Lieut. General George S. Patton's Third Army front, U.S. officers trained field glasses on Germans struggling up the muddy slopes of Delme Ridge, a 1,300-ft. eminence, four miles long, which blocked a valley. With their fleece-lined greatcoats flapping in the wind, the Germans were lugging mortars and cases of ammunition to the top.

The defenders of Delme Ridge were well prepared for a frontal assault. Instead of that, Patton sent his 4th and 6th Armored Divisions to attack on the flanks.

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