Patton At Bay / Edition 1
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Patton At Bay / Edition 1

by John Nelson Rickard, N. Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275963543

ISBN-13: 9780275963545

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

For General George S. Patton, Jr., the battle for Lorraine during the fall and winter of 1944 was a frustrating and grueling experience of static warfare. Plagued by supply shortages, critical interference from superiors, flooded rivers, fortified cities, and the highly-determined German army, Patton had little opportunity to wage a fast armored campaign. Rickard

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For General George S. Patton, Jr., the battle for Lorraine during the fall and winter of 1944 was a frustrating and grueling experience of static warfare. Plagued by supply shortages, critical interference from superiors, flooded rivers, fortified cities, and the highly-determined German army, Patton had little opportunity to wage a fast armored campaign. Rickard examines Patton's generalship during these bitter battles and suggests that Patton was unable to adapt to the new realities of the campaign, thereby failing to wage the most effective warfare possible.

By the beginning of the Ardennes offensive, Patton had crippled his worthy opponent, but had suffered the highest casualties of any campaign that he conducted during the war. Until now, his better known exploits in Sicily and Normandy have overshadowed this campaign. Relying on a broad range of sources, this treatment of Patton's operational performance in Lorraine goes beyond the official history. It describes Patton's philosophy of war and explains why it essentially failed in Lorraine. Supplemented by full orders of battle, casualty and equipment losses, and excellent maps, Patton at Bay is a penetrating study of America's best fighting general.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275963545
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Praeger Series in War Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Carlo D'Este

Preface

Symbols

A Philosophy of Battle

From Theory to Practice

Orders of Battle

Strategy, Logistics, and Perception

Breaching the Line of the Moselle

Opportunity and Counterattack

The Problem of Metz

Correcting the Army Line

Planning for the November Offensive

The Fall of Metz

Advance to the West Wall

Assessment

Third Army Order of Battle

German Order of Battle

Casualties and Replacements

Material Losses

Third Army Operational Directives

Select Bibliography

Index

Photo Essay

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