World Battlefronts, WESTERN FRONT: As In Normandy . . .

Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt well knew which was the most vulnerable sector: the Aachen area where Lieut. General Courtney Hicks Hodges' U.S. First Army had already sunk a spearhead aimed at the Cologne plain. The Germans had watched for nearly two months as the Americans moved in 1,000 guns, massed a whole new army—the U.S. Ninth of tall, bald, bowlegged Lieut. General William H. Simpson.

Lieut. General Omar Nelson Bradley well knew that the Germans had bolstered their fortifications and had had time to mass their own guns. As in Normandy, it...

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