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Walcheren, the most decisive operation of the ETO?

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by JimboHarrigan2010, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. arthur45

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    Of course, it was Monty's fault that the Scheldt estuary situation occurred at all. He had halted to tidy things up
    after the Germans had retreated into Holland. Market-Garden was approved by Eisenhower mostly in his
    belief that Monty would clean up the Scheldt estuary problem and enable Antwerp to function as a port. Had that
    nutty PLUTO bright idea actually worked, fuel could have been delivered to the Continent without any need for a port.
    I find it difficult to understand the consistent lack of knowledge exhibited in the planning of Overlord. I've come to
    believe it was the most poorly planned Allied operation of the war.
     
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    This is a false statement, 180 degrees opposed to what all serious scholars of the Bulge write!
     
  3. Kai-Petri

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    One must also remember that the original key logistics semiartificial harbour was to be the Quiberon Bay:

    the Brittany attack was very important for the logistics of Allied army. It was meant that there would be a semi-artificial harbour at Quiberon Bay, in Brittany. It would have been important to get Brest first as there were German naval artillery that could destroy the parts of the pier elements on their way to Quiberon.
    The idea was that the Normandy railroad would be destroyed but Colonel Harold Mack had noticed, that the best railroads in France ran along the coast of the Bay of Biscay. This is where the deep water vessels would land and 7,000 tons a day would come in. It was called operation "Chastity" and were stamped "Top Secret Bigot".

    Somehow though as "Cobra" was a success, Patton instaed turned east and only the 8th was sent to Brittany.later on the Allied could not meet the need for supply and were forced to stop. So Patton " shot himself in the leg" as he was later on forced to stopand received no oil...

    Jonathan Gawne " 1944 Americans in Brittany "
     

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