World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (West): Precise Puncher

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The battle to smash through the Siegfried Line to the Rhine had begun. This week General "Ike" Eisenhower's top heavyweight—the biggest and most powerful of his armies in Europe—still slugged forward in the heaviest part of the job. Lieut. General Courtney Hicks Hodges' U.S. First Army pounded unremittingly at the crouching enemy, in a tremendous burst of infighting against the Germans' main forces in the West Wall, trying for a knockout before winter.

In the heartening days after the breakthrough at Saint-LÔat the breaking of the Siegfried Line might not be...

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