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A Guide to the Battlefields of Europe by David Chandler

By David Chandler

From precedent days, Europe has been formed and re-shaped via army campaigns regarding greater than 2000 battles. With assistance from a staff of members, David Chandler has assembled a complete advisor to 245 battlefields, giving simple proof concerning position, old context and the target of every engagement, information of the opposing forces, casualties and consequence, and an invaluable bibliography bearing on each one.

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S. 7th Corps cut the vital La Roche-Vielsalm road on the 7th. Next day Hitler, no longer able to deny that most of his surviving armour was in danger of being trapped between Montgomery's and Patton's thrusts, authorised Model to give up the area west of Houffalize. S. 2nd and n t h Armoured Divisions linked up at Houffalize and re-established a solid front. It was not till the end of January, however, that the last Germans were driven out of the Ardennes. Unquestionably, Eisenhower's decision at the crisis to place the northern armies under Montgomery and to send the 101st Airborne Division to Bastogne saved the day.

Shortly after midday, however, a small body of Allied cavalry appeared on the extreme French left near La Folie after passing round the forest, and this development led Villars to weaken his centre exactly as Marlborough had hoped. By i pm Orkney's 19 battalions had taken possession of the undefended redoubts in the French centre, and the full splendour of the Allied cavalry—30,000 strong—swept through the entrenchments to engage the French horsemen drawn up beyond. A tremendous mêlée developed, during which Villars was himself wounded, but the Allies were too weary to clinch their victory.

Object of the action: The Allies hoped to crush Marshal Villars and the last large French army and thus open the road to Paris. Opposing sides: (a) The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene leading the Allies. (6) Marshals Villars and Boufflers at the head of the French army. Forces engaged: (a) Allies: 128 battalions; 253 squadrons; 100 guns. Total: 110,000. (b) French: 96 battalions; 180 squadrons; 60 guns. Total: 80,000. Casualties: (a) 24,000 killed and wounded, (b) 12,000 killed and wounded.

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