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Number of German troops in France on June 6, 1944?

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  • #61
    A couple more points on the ports.

    In the history 'The Germans in Normandy' one of the German soldiers is quoted on the loss of Cherbourg to the invaders. He described how this was a major morale blow as the landser had understood something of the port denial strategy. Also the propaganda machine had emphasized the invulnerability of the fortifications surrounding Cherbourg and how it in German hands denied the Allies any chance of sustaining their beachhead through the summer. When the news of Cherbourgs fall came he & his comrades realized the Allies were not to be driven into the sea and a new front was in fact opened.

    For understanding the US Army side of supply in France in 1944 Ruppenthals 'Logistics in Overlord' from the US Army Green books is still a very strong analysis. Ruppenthal does not delve into technical details and touches on operational matters only when necessary. The focus is on the flow of supplies and how the course of logistics events affected strategic decisions. His text is revealing, myth busting, and has numbers drawn directly from US Army records, vs secondary sources. He brings in a few items from the Commonwealth side, mostly concerning 21 Army Group planning for the overall 90 & 180 campaign projections, & how the opening of Le Havre & Antwerp affected Allied supply.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Carl Schwamberg View Post
      For understanding the US Army side of supply in France in 1944 Ruppenthals 'Logistics in Overlord' from the US Army Green books is still a very strong analysis. Ruppenthal does not delve into technical details and touches on operational matters only when necessary. The focus is on the flow of supplies and how the course of logistics events affected strategic decisions. His text is revealing, myth busting, and has numbers drawn directly from US Army records, vs secondary sources. He brings in a few items from the Commonwealth side, mostly concerning 21 Army Group planning for the overall 90 & 180 campaign projections, & how the opening of Le Havre & Antwerp affected Allied supply.
      I've always wondered whether the map 'Tactical Progress 12 September 1944 - 8 February 1945' on p23 of Vol 2, is a subtle dig at Bradley, Patton and Hodges. The map shows major Allied gains in other areas but not in their sector of the front, although the Ardennes offensive may have something to do with it.

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      • #63
        Could be. Who was the author or editor?

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        • #64
          Ruppenthal?

          Although the map may just be an artefact of where the U.S. Army split the campaign into different stages.

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