General George Patton's advance in the South of France
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05 Jul 2005 15:26 PDT
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I have heard that General Patton, at one point during World War II, attempted to attack the German Army on a long front, and did not succeed until he massed his forces in one small area and broke through their lines to great success. Is this true, and if so, what were the details of this campaign? How wide was the German front he was engaged against, what happened before he concentrated his forces, and where did he break through, time periods, details of the change in strategy that lead to this success, etc.
Re: General George Patton's advance in the South of France
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 26 Jul 2005 21:36 PDT
Hello dortmund, A detailed book on the Lorraine Campaign is found at: "The Lorraine Campaign," by Hugh M. Cole (1950) U.S. Army Center of Military History http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/lorraine/lorraine-content.html At the time the Third Army stalled: "General Patton's 'eastern' front was about ninety miles in width. But in addition the Third Army held the line of the Loire River, marking the right flank of the Allied armies in northern France, which gave the Third Army front and flank a length of some 450 miles." "The Lorraine Campaign -- Chapter I: The Halt at the Meuse" [p. 4.] U.S. Army Center of Military History http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/lorraine/lorraine-ch01.html You can see the situation illustrated on the following map. (If you double click on the map, you will see a symbol at the bottom right, on which you can click to expand the map to full size.) "The Lorraine Campaign -- Map No. I: Western Front, 1 September 1944" U.S. Army Center of Military History http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/lorraine/photos/maps/MapI.jpg By the end of the Lorraine Offensive, the Third Army's front was narrower. I don't have a figure on precisely how many miles the front was at that time. But the narrowing is clear from the following map. (From eyeballing the map, my estimate would be that the front was under 70 miles wide, with no flank.) "The Lorraine Campaign -- Map No. XLIII Western Front, 20 December 1944" U.S. Army Center of Military History http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/lorraine/photos/maps/mapXLIII.jpg I hope that this information is helpful. - justaskscott Search strategy -- Found basics of Patton's career on Wikipedia. Found page that I cited in my initial request for clarification by searching on Google for: patton "lorraine campaign" thin Searched on Google for: "lorraine campaign" [There were actually many more steps in my research, mainly involving trial and error -- but I have described the key steps.]
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Satisfactory for my purpose, but not great answer. I believe I have had much better depth of answers from Google on other occasions. It could be that in an area like this, person knowledge of the history, as from a veteran of W.W. II, or from a family member, might have made a difference.
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