World Battlefronts, WESTERN FRONT: Storm Clouds Gather

American divisions had hammered the bulge flat. In retaking Monschau, the troops regained the last of the German towns taken by Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt's winter offensive. Krewinkel, the last German-held town in easternmost Belgium, fell. Now a new phase was opening up.

The Germans looked across their lines and grew alarmed at what they saw. Their radio bleated that General Dwight D. Eisenhower' was making "frantic preparations" for a new drive, "with no effort to keep it a secret."

Pressure in the Center. To many a doughfoot it must have seemed...

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