By Gerhard L. Weinberg
Generally hailed as a masterpiece, this can be the 1st background of worldwide conflict II to supply a very worldwide account of the conflict that encompassed six continents. beginning with the alterations that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st global battle, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new gentle on each point of global conflict II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are lined in each theater of the battle. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the battle is tested, with new insights into how occasions in a single nook of the realm helped have an effect on occasions in different far away elements. In a brand new version, with a brand new preface, an international at fingers continues to be a vintage of world historical past.
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Armee was methodically reinforcing its defenses along the Scheldt Estuary, fully appreciating that without control of the waterway the port of Antwerp was useless. It would take nearly three more months of fighting before the Scheldt was cleared and the port opened. An important Allied strategic success in September 1944 was the establishment of a solid Allied front from the North Sea to the Mediterranean with the advance of Devers’ 6th Army Group from the Riviera to the Vosges Mountains. Patton’s Third US Army began to meet elements of the French 1ère Armée around Autun on September 10, and pockets of trapped German troops continued to surrender through the middle of the month.
Bradley proposed a new scheme, Operation Voyage, which aimed at linking up the First and Third US Armies on the eastern bank of the Rhine and then driving to the northeast to create a southern pincer around the Ruhr to complement Montgomery’s attack from the north. While Eisenhower would not immediately initiate Operation Voyage, Bradley’s proposal further undermined his commitment to Montgomery’s northern thrust. When Montgomery again pressed him with an extravagant demand for another ten US divisions for the already elephantine Operation Plunder, Eisenhower outmaneuvered him by offering the additional units on the condition that Bradley’s 12th Army Group be given back control of all the First and Ninth US Army units scheduled to participate in Operation Plunder.
Here, De Gaulle and Eisenhower confer in Normandy on August 22, 1944, over the issue of the Paris operation. (NARA) Of all the diplomatic problems faced by Eisenhower, the most persistent was relations with the French. Eisenhower nearly had his career derailed in the wake of the public scandal in late 1942 after the Darlan–Clark agreement was announced. Admiral Darlan was assassinated on Christmas Eve, 1942, creating a power struggle for dominance of the Free French movement. Général Charles De Gaulle was the self-appointed head of the movement, but the US government did not officially recognize him and he was regarded as an incipient military dictator by the US State Department.
A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (2nd Edition) by Gerhard L. Weinberg