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Patton's Third Army in World War IIby Michael Green
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The heavily illustrated account of the men who served under “Old Blood and Guts” is now available in flexibound format.
In 1944, U.S. General George S. Patton was champing at the bit to lead the Allied D-Day invasion of German-occupied France. But instead, Dwight D. Eisenhower—then the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe—put Patton in charge of a decoy unit, the First U.S. Army Group. It would be almost seven weeks until Patton, known for his unruly demeanor and tendency toward vulgar speeches, would finally get his chance to take the now famous Third Army into battle. When he did, he took the unit on a ten-month rampage across France, driving through Germany and into Nazi-controlled Czechoslovakia and Austria. Along the way, his Third Army forces entered the Battle of the Bulge, breaking the Siege of Bastogne. It was a turning point in the war, and afterward the Third Army pushed eastward again. Contributing to its success was its truly innovative “armored warfare” fighting style, which avoided entrenched infantry warfare by continuously pushing forward, and it echoed Patton’s hard-charging personality.
In Patton’s Third Army in World War II, military researcher and photographer Michael Green teams up with retired U.S. Army officer James D. Brown to bring you an illustrated overview of the Third Army under George S. Patton. Together, Green and Brown combine historical quotes and gripping narrative with fascinating photography to present a portrait of Patton and his men unmatched by any other nonfiction publication—a portrayal hailed by the Patton Museum Foundation as “a must for your enjoyment and collection.”
Now available in flexibound format, Patton’s Third Army in World War II combines gripping nonfiction narrative with fascinating archival photography to bring you an unmatched portrait of George S. Patton and his men.
In 1944, the Third Army’s most noted leader was eager to lead the D-Day invasion—but it was not until nearly seven weeks after D-Day that Gen. George S. Patton Jr. finally got his chance to take Third Army into battle. When he did, he exploited the breakout created by his decoy First Army to begin a ten-month rampage across France, driving through Germany and deep into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and Austria. The Third Army would not leave Germany until 1947, occupying the American Zone during rebuilding efforts after the war.
Patton’s Third Army in World War II covers Patton’s command of Third Army with a focus on the armor that allowed the him to avoid the grisly attrition of entrenched infantry warfare by continuously pushing forward, a key component of his success. Gripping narrative, archival photography, and historical quotes present a portrait of Patton and his men unmatched by any other nonfiction publication, hailed by the Patton Museum Foundation as “a must for your enjoyment and collection.”
About the Author
Michael Green is a freelance writer, researcher, and photographer who specializes in military, transportation, and law enforcement subjects with more than ninety books to his credit. In addition, he has written numerous articles for a variety of national and international military-related magazines.
James D. Brown served twenty years in the U.S. Army as an armor officer with a secondary specialty in research and development. His active-duty service includes a four-year tour as an assistant professor of engineering at the United States Military Academy, where he taught combat-vehicle design and automotive engineering.
Table of Contents
List of Maps
Chapter One Patton and Operation Overlord
Chapter Two Patton and Operation Cobra
Chapter Three Third Army on the Offensive
Chapter Four Third Army’s Advance Continues
Chapter Five The Lorraine Campaign
Chapter Six Battle of the Bulge Opening Moves
Chapter Seven The Road to Bastogne
Chapter Eight Closing the Bastogne Area
Chapter Nine Finishing off the Reich
Appendix: Weapons and Vehicles
Patton’s Third Army from Normandy to V-E Day x-xi
Operation Cobra Breakthrough
Operation Cobra: The Breakout from St.-Lô
The 4th and 6th Armored Divisions: Breakout into Brittany
Patton’s Third Army Breakout
Closing the Falaise Pocket and Patton’s Race to the Seine
Pursuit to the German Border: Patton’s Advance to the Moselle
The Lorraine Campaign
The Battle of the Bulge
4th Armored Division Attack to Relieve the l0lst Airborne Division
The Reduction of the Bulge
The Rhineland CampaignCrossing the Rhine to V-Day
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