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The Siegfried Line Campaign, 1944
"A brief quiz on the events in and around the Siegfried Line in late 1944"
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This was the first attempt to break the northern sector of the Siegfried Line around the city of Arnhem. What was the name of this September, 1944 Operation, the largest of its kind up to that point?
This American general commanded the 12th U.S. Army Group, after having previously served as commander of the First Army in Normandy, and II Corps under Patton in Sicily.
This was a major battle in Montgomery's 21st Army Group sector, intending to clear the estuary around the port city of Antwerp. The Canadian First Army initiated most of the attacks along with the British Second Army against the dug-in German 15th Army. The battle was long and grueling, with many soldiers drowning in mud and high water.
Battle of the Scheldt
Battle of the Bulge
Battle for Antwerp
Courtney Hodge's First Army was also advancing towards the Siegfried Line around this German city. A fierce battle would erupt for control of this location, defended by German soldiers of Army Group B. The U.S. First Infantry Division led the main thrust, supported by the 30th Infantry division.
After the breakthrough in First Army's sector, a fierce battle erupted for this forest. German defenders were dug in deep and managed to slaughter or annihilate division after division. This was possibly the bloodiest and largest battle American soldiers would fight in World War II.
Kall River Valley
This German general commanded German Army Group B during the Siegfried Line Campaign. Nicknamed, "The Front Line Pig" for his defensive efforts in Russia he was possibly Hitlers favorite general. Fiercely loyal in devotion to Germany, rather than the Nazi party, he was undoubtedly Germany's most successful Field Marshal in World War II.
Gerd von Rundstedt
Patton's 3rd Army met stiff and fanatical resistance around this fort city in September, 1944. GIs of the Fifth Infantry Division met and bore the greatest losses while making frontal attacks on the city's outer defensive ring of forts. One of these forts was Fort Driant, famous for repulsing every American attempt to capture it, ranging from ground, tank, to air attack. Elements of the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division defended this city against 3rd Army's XII Corps.
German resistance during the Siegfried Line Campaign was in the long run useless. German forces numbered less than half a million. Across the lines facing them were over 2 million Allied soldiers. However, Nazi propaganda kept soldier and civilian moral high during late 1944 in Germany. Who was the Nazi head of Propaganda during the World War II?
What was the name later given to the battle in which GIs in the Ardennes forest managed to hold off one of the most fierce German counter-attacks to ever occur? Although soldiers of the U.S. First Army were initially pushed back beyond Bastogne, efforts of the 101st Airborne Division saved the vital crossroads used to transport the Allied counter-thrust that pushed the German forces back to their original jump-off point.
Battle of the Ardennes Forest
Battle for France
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of Normandy
After the Siegfried Line campaign, German resistance on the Western Front began to rapidly decline. The next Allied advance was towards the Rhine River, considered Germany's bloodline. The first crossing of the Rhine occurred at the Ludendorff Bridge, Remagen. What unit captured this bridge?
9th Armored Division
4th Infantry Division
1st Infantry Division
101st Airborne Division
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Compiled Jun 28 12