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    The Fall Of Aachen (21/10/1944)

    The Battle of Aachen

    The Battle of Aachen was a major combat action of World War II, fought by American and German forces in and around Aachen, Germany, between 2–21 October 1944. The city had been incorporated into the Siegfried Line, the main defensive network on Germany's western border; the Allies had hoped to capture it quickly and advance into the industrialized Ruhr Basin. Although most of Aachen's civilian population was evacuated before the battle began, much of the city was destroyed and both sides suffered heavy losses. It was one of the largest urban battles fought by U.S. forces in World War II, and the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. The battle ended with a German surrender, but their tenacious defense significantly disrupted Allied plans for the advance into Germany.


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    Useless fighting by the German forces .

    Every fighting after the DDay had just delayed the final Untergang .

    No sense for any general to fight on at the Western front at least since then .

    If Germany would have surrendered in autumn 1944 , than many little
    things could have not occurred .
    Mk 10:18 What do you call me a good master, no-one is good .

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    You might well be right, UJL. The war was lost after D-Day and there were a lot of casualties that could have been avoided.

    On a human suffering level it made no sense to continue but when the historians look back, centuries from now, they’ll see NS Germany’s glorious defeat as the Wehrmacht fought against insurmountable odds right to the end with the Battle of Berlin and the heroic defence of the Führerbunker.

    It’s the stuff of legend and (as dispassionate as it may sound) the individuals who perished will only be a side note in the overall narrative.

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