By Helmut Ritgen
Demanding disguise, small structure (6"x9"), 329 pages, a hundred and ten images, 30 maps and diagrams. Colonel Ritgen is either a wrestle veteran of WW2 and a famous ecu battlefield historian. He relates his own reviews and people of the elite Panzer Lehr department in Normandy, Falaise, the retreat via France and the battles at the West Wall. additionally, the writer sums up the full strategic photograph of the battle at the Western entrance in 1944 from the German point of view. a desirable account from the German point of view.
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There was no effective response from the Luftwaffe. Generalfeldmarschall von Rundstedt ordered the linear arm of the "Atlantic Wall" - the "thin strip with a couple knots tied into it" - be reinforced by a second defensive belt corresponding to German "Hindenburg Line" preparations for a strong fortified line in 1917. This construction did not take place due to the shortage of labor. Hitler wanted every available man at the Eastern Front and doubted any serious landing on the Channel coast until the inva32 sion actually took place.
Then it was to be Hungary! In retrospect the five-week stay in Hungary seems like a beautiful dream, a trip to paradise before the anticipated expulsion. But American bombs were dropped on us and near Budapest, which inflicted losses on the division and terrified the population. The railroad trip to Paderborn and the christening of our first daughter and the return trip was delayed by detours and stops caused by track damage. On the return trip in Vienna, I had to leave the train for an air raid shelter.
Twenty-four hours later we crawled from Nürnberg to Karlsruhe and, after another twenty-four hours, we finally reached Forbach, where my old regiment returned home in 1940 after the Western Campaign. Our zig-zag trip through central France took us through a wonderful spring landscape. Unfortunately, the march rations we had taken from Hungary, which were to last five days had long been eaten and everyone had to go hungry; the air threat would not allow any stops at railroad stations. After five days we finally passed through Orleans into Chartres, where we unloaded and then marched 45 kilometers at night to our new bivouac area located in parks and forests.
The western front 1944 : memoirs of a Panzer Lehr officer by Helmut Ritgen