Patton's Third Army in World War II: An Illustrated History

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MBI Publishing Company, Sep 2, 2010 - History - 300 pages
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Patton was champing at the bit to lead the D-Day invasion, but Eisenhower placed him in command of a decoy unit, the First U.S. Army Group. Nearly seven weeks after D-Day, Patton finally got his chance to take Third Army into battle. He began a ten-month rampage across France, driving through Germany and into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and Austria. Along the way Third Army forces entered the Battle of the Bulge, breaking the siege of Bastogne. It was a turning point in the war, and afterward the Third Army pushed eastward again.    

Patton’s Third Army in World War II covers Patton’s command of Third Army with a focus on the armor. It was a new style of fighting, avoiding entrenched infantry warfare by continuously pushing forward, and it appealed to Patton’s hard-charging personality. Archival photos along with frequent quotes complete the portrait of Patton as well as his men as they fight their way across the Third Reich.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Patton and Operation Overlord
5
Patton and Operation Cobra
33
Third Army on the Offensive
63
Third Armys Advance Continues
95
The Lorraine Campaign
125
Battle of the Bulge Opening Moves
155
The Road to Bastogne
183
Closing the Bastogne Area
211
Finishing off the Reich
241
Weapons and Vehicles
270
Selected Bibliography
283
Index
284
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About the author (2010)

Michael Green is a freelance writer, researcher, and photographer who specializes in military, transportation, and law enforcement subjects with more than ninety books to his credit. In addition, he has written numerous articles for a variety of national and international military-related magazines.

 

James D. Brown served twenty years in the U.S. Army as an armor officer with a secondary specialty in research and development. His active-duty service includes a four-year tour as an assistant professor of engineering at the United States Military Academy, where he taught combat vehicle design and automotive engineering.

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