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On August 1, two army groups were constituted: the 21st comprising the British and Canadian armies under Montgomery; and the 12th for the Americans under Bradley. The clandestine French Resistance in Paris rose against the Germans on August 19; and a French division under General Jacques Leclerc , pressing forward from Normandy, received the surrender of the German forces there and liberated the city on August It was his folly that enabled the Allies to liberate France so quickly.

The fragments were incapable of further resistance, and their retreat which was largely on foot was soon outstripped by the British and American mechanized columns.

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More than , German troops were taken prisoner in France, and 1, German tanks had been destroyed in the fighting. When the Allies approached the German border at the beginning of September, after a sweeping drive from Normandy, there was no organized resistance to stop them from driving on into the heart of Germany.


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Both armies then moved swiftly northeastward into Alsace. In the north, however, some discord had arisen among the Allied commanders after the crossing of the Seine.

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The U. Montgomery nevertheless attempted a thrust to cross the Rhine River at Arnhem, the British 1st Airborne Division being dropped ahead there to clear the way for the 2nd Army; but the Germans were just able to check the thrust, thus isolating the parachutists, many of whom were taken prisoner. By this time, indeed, the German defense was rapidly stiffening as the Allies approached the German frontiers: the U.

In early September the U. They were therefore not prepared, mentally or materially, to exploit it by a rapid offensive into Germany itself.

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The Germans thus obtained time to build up their defending forces in the west, with serious consequences both for occupied Europe and the postwar political situation of the Continent. You are using an outdated browser. Explanation of these and other humiliating failures has centred predominantly on the shortcomings of the tanks employed by British formations. This new study by John Buckley challenges the standard view of Normandy as a failure for British armour by analysing the reality and level of the supposed failure and the causes behind it.

British Armour in the Normandy Campaign

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