World Battlefronts: Defeat in the North

Flesh and blood could no longer stand before Omar Bradley's slashing tank-infantry assaults, the endless, unopposed scourging by the greatest array of air power in history.

The Germans finally retreated. To escape a trap they fell back in disordered ribbons toward Paris and the Seine. On the road back, the swift-striking armor, the crunching weight of Allied guns, the unequaled devastation from the air would have even greater play. The Germans in western France were ripe for annihilation.

That was the situation last week when General "Ike" Eisenhower called on his troops to seize...

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