World Battlefronts, WESTERN FRONT: What Are You Doing?

In Alsace, Allied propaganda leaflets asked the German soldiers: "What are you doing fighting here?", and went on to explain that Germany was gravely in need of good fighting men on the eastern front.

It was, indeed, a puzzle that the Nazis thought it worth while to attack in this area at this stage of the war. One ingenious explanation, offered by some U.S. Seventh Army officers, was that Nazi General Hermann Balck had hastily committed his best units to action in order to keep the German High Command from taking them away. Balck had two or more Panzer or Panzer...

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