Thursday, March 23, 2017
Further with extracts with my commentary WW2 headlines from:
"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"
Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"
"AMERICAN TROOPS ON GERMAN SOIL"
16 September 1944
"FALL OF METZ DUE"
By Drew Middleton By Cable to The New York Times
"FALL OF METZ EXPECTED"
"Nancy, Charmes, and Epinal, all on the right flank of Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton's American Third Army, fell in the past twenty-four hours and the German line on the Moselle River was blasted loose from its roots."
"There was heavy fighting on the northern sector of the Third Army's front as well yesterday. Thionville is now largely held by General Patton's troops and the German situation in Metz is becoming more precarious hourly."
NO! Third Army becoming mired in a three-month siege directed against the German fortresses of Metz. Ancient and antiquated structures as manned by troops of rather poor quality but possessing some considerable fighting spirit. This was a serious mistake on the part of Patton!!
See previous blog entries the topic of which was Patton and siege that occurred in and around Metz, 1944.