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Siegfried Line, The: The German Defense of the West Wall, September-December 1944

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The battles for the Germans' last line of defense in World War II, including Arnhem, Aachen, the Huertgen Forest, and MetzHow German commanders made decisions under fire

Built as a series of forts, bunkers, and tank traps, the West Wall--known as the Siegfried Line to the Allies--stretched along Germany's western border. After D-Day in June 1944, as the Allies raced across France and threatened to pierce into the Reich, the Germans fell back on the West Wall. In desperate fighting--among the war's worst--the Germans held off the Allies for several months.

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