Crossing the Rhine ?
I received an e-mail from Phred, who is a good buddy
and frequent visitor to my Blog. The mail contained
an Op.Ed article published in the N.Y. Times on Nov.23,2009.
He thought it might interest me.
The title "How World War II Wasn't Won" seemed intriguing.
Well it was! And very interesting too!
This type of information that has been secretly
suppressed and hidden away for 40 or 50 odd years.
always interested me because I was there.
This information, about people who we literally
worshipped while they were alive and endeared
in the press and the media, unmasked after.
their demise, with a few dozen words and
a half a dozen plain facts.
Of course witnesses and testimony are always a bonus.
The following is my interpretation of the Contributor
to the Times Op.Ed. Section, David Colley, Author of
"How World War II Wasn't Won"
The 6th Army, led by Lt.Gen. Devers reached
He looked across a river to see German territory.
Scouts sent across the river, to determine the
feasibility of crossing this body of water reported
that there were no German defenses and the
pill boxes were not manned.
General Devers had brought the 6th Army Group
from the shores of Marseille to the undefended
Rhine River in 3 months.
His forces of more than 300,000 American and
French troops had landed on the beaches of
Southern France on August 15,1944,in an
unheralded invasion, virtually overlooked
in the battles of World War II and here they were,
ready to cross the Rhine River before the end of
He proceeded to prepare his men and equipment
for the forging of the river while he waited
for his orders.
On Nov.24, General Eisenhower came to see
for himself and instead of ordering LT.Gen. Devers
to take his forces into Germany, he commanded
Devers to engage the enemy further North on
the French side of the Rhine River.
This decision, ridiculed by Gen Patton in his
Memoirs points out that the German Counterattack
ensued, less than 4 weeks later,
with English speaking German soldiers,
in American uniforms,
at Christmas time,
ultimately ended with the Battle of the Bulge
and more than 75,000 Killed,wounded and
the many suffering from Trench foot,
may have never happened.
This post has a direct relation to me and my Brother Moishe.
The war might have ended 6 months sooner and my
Brother would not have had to endure for the rest of his life
with the severe case of Trench Foot so many in the
80th Division earned, South of Bastone, that cruel Winter.
I might add this Quotation from Author,David Colley.
"General Dwight D. Eisenhower's mistake led to one of the
costliest Battles in American History,
the Battle of the Bulge"