Sunday, July 3, 2016
From that prior blog entry:
"second-rate German troops fighting strictly defensively with second-rate equipment but occupying formidable fortifications and commanded by superior commanders who knew their battlefield savvy a tough combination to beat."
IT WOULD SEEM IN THIS REGARD TO "SECOND-RATE" TROOPS I AM INCORRECT.
The German defender at Metz  consisting for the most part of ad hoc units lacking any sort of unit cohesiveness of integrity but the personnel for the most part anything but second-rate.
German ad hoc units formed and consisting predominantly of soldiers of proven and demonstrable ability and in the process of matriculating from officer and non-commissioned officer courses.
Feeble and second-rate troops in the minority!
That order of battle of the German 462 Division during the defense of Metz consisting of:
* "One regiment was formed by the Officer Candidate Regiment, Military District XII – Oberst von Siegroth."
* "One regiment was formed around the 1010. Sicherheits Regiment – this regiment had retreated from France and was comprised mostly of weak, elderly and convalescents - Oberst Richter."
* "One regiment was formed out of the NCO School of Military District XII – Oberst Wagner."
Again, according to the calculations of Trevor Dupuy those fortifications of Metz acting as a significant force multiplier. Increase the combat capacity of the ad hoc German defender by 60 %!! Under such circumstances even troops described as "weak, elderly and convalescent" can give a good account of themselves when fighting strictly defensively!!
Such was the performance of the German defender at Metz and recognized at the time a special award what seems to be analogous to the American Presidential Unit Citation awarded to participants in recognition of their three-month effort. Metz 1944. Thanks to the info from COL Scott Pritchett.