World Battlefronts: Straightening the Line

While the Allied armies on the western front waited for Antwerp to open up, there could be no general push. So, while U.S. troops, from Belgium south, scrapped fiercely in local actions and conserved their ammunition, the only full-scale fighting was in The Netherlands, where the Germans were in orderly retreat northward across the Maas.

Quick to cash in on a chance to straighten the critical northern end of the line (which faces Germany's vulnerable northern plain), Montgomery's Twenty-first Army Group pressed them savagely, hurling British, Canadian, Polish and U.S. troops into the Nazi...

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