Metz 1944: Patton's Fortified Nemesis by Steven J. ZalogaMetz 1944: Patton's Fortified Nemesis by Steven J. Zaloga

Metz 1944: Patton's Fortified Nemesis

bySteven J. ZalogaIllustratorSteve Noon

Paperback | March 20, 2012

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General George Patton's most controversial campaign was the series of battles in autumn 1944 along the German frontier which centered on the fortified city of Metz. It took nearly four months, from September to December 1944, for Patton's Third Army to capture the Metz-Thionville fortified zone. In part, the problem was logistics. As was the case with the rest of the Allied forces in the European Theatre, supplies were limited until the port of Antwerp could finally be cleared. Also problematic was the weather. The autumn of 1944 was one of the wettest on record, and hardly conducive to the type of mechanized warfare for which Patton was so famous. However at the heart of the problem was the accretion of sophisticated fortifications. Metz had been fortified since ancient times, heavily rebuilt by France in the post-Napoleonic period, modernized by Germany in 1870-1914, and modernized by France during the Maginot effort in 1935-40. The Germans hoped to hold Metz with a thin screen of second-rate troops, counting on the impregnable fortifications. This book covers the entire campaign from beginning to end, offering an unbiased assessment of the success and failures of both the Allied and Axis efforts.
Steven J Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numer...
Title:Metz 1944: Patton's Fortified NemesisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.85 × 7.27 × 0.27 inPublished:March 20, 2012Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1849085919

ISBN - 13:9781849085915

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Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /The strategic setting /Opposing commanders /Opposing forces /Opposing plans /Campaign /The campaign in retrospect /The battlefield today /Further reading /Index

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