Death of a Nazi Army Author:William B. Breuer For seven weeks after D-Day many hundreds of thousands of Allied troops were bottled up in a thin strip along the — landing beaches. Their repeated efforts to break out were — savagely beaten back by fanatical Germans obeying Hitler's — order not to yield a foot of ground. The desperation in the Allied high command bordered on panic. — Finally, 30... more »00 American and British planes bombarded a
strip of ground only three miles wide by a mile deep.
Through the gap American armored spearheads plunged deep
behind the lines of the German Fifth and Seventh Panzer armies, then cut eastward and north to link up with British
and Canadian forces attacking to the south. The converging
Allied armies linked up at Falaise, snapping shut a gigantic
trap on 100,000 die hard Germans-a disaster for the Reich unrivaled since Stalingrad, but one that has until now received scant attention except in official government