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1944-45 Battle of the Hürtgen Forest (Hitler’s World)

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1944 Battle Of Aachen

1944-45 Battle of the Hürtgen Forest
38t-02 A German tank near Monschau.
Beginning:

September 19, 1944

End:

February 3, 1945

Place:

The Hertgen forest, in the Hürtgenwald between Aachen, Monschau, and Düren.

Outcome:

A clear German defensive victory.

Major battles:

Hürtgen Forest, Aachen, Monschau, and Düren.

Combatants

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany.

US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick USA
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom resistance
Flag of Free France 1940-1944 Free France
Flag of Czechoslovakia Free Czechoslovakia
Flag of Poland Free Poland

Commanders

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Walter Model
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Marshal Erick Von-Klisten.

US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick Courtney Hodges
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick Joseph Lawton Collins
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick Leonard T. Gerow
Flag of the United Kingdom Sir Billy Stainforth-Kitten.

Strength

88, 500.

122,600.

Casualties and Losses

18,000.

38, 000 (including Flag of the United Kingdom Sir Billy Stainforth-Kitten).

Overview

The U.S. commanders′ initial goal had been to tie down German forces in the area of the Hürtgen Forest to keep them from reinforcing the front lines farther northward at the Battle of Aachen, and to the Allied spearheads at Koblenz and Monschau.

Aachen eventually fell on 22 October, again at high cost to the U.S. 9th Army, whose push toward the River Ruhr fared little better, as the Germans still retained control of control of its major dams. The use of the 1kt 'Magda' proto-type atomic weapon in the UK and US lines in the central Hürtgen Forest would help turn the tied for the Axis forces by reducing American morale. French Morale would be temporally shaken by the 'Magda' bomb as well.

The Battle of the Hürtgen Forest was so costly that it would be called an Allied "defeat of the first magnitude", with it being specific accredit to both the tactics of Walter Model and the use of the 'Magda' bomb.

Causes of the conflict

The Allies wished to secure the front at Aachen and around Koblenz before moving deeper into the German Rhineland.

Tactics

Walter Model's brilliant utilization of resources and weaponry, in a mixture of hit-and-run style attacks and defence in depth helped slow the allied advance. German (ATL) scientists had played a lot more attention to the German nuclear energy project 'Uranverein'. Albert Speer and Walther Gerlach had made the creation of a small 1kt bomb a priority, with one being made operational by the January of 1945. A total of 2 more were made by 1949. The project was boosted by data secretly copied from the capture UK plans for the |Tube Alloys atomic bomb project.

Result

A clear German defensive victory.

Political outcome

American resolve began to weaken as they turned to fighting Japan in the Pacific instead.

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