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Riviera to the Rhine by Jeffrey J. Clarke
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I started to read this volume on May 5, 2010, and finished it on May 18, 2010.

This book is part of the "United States Army in World War II" series. This 78 volume series is the official history of the U.S. Army during World War II. This book is part of "The European Theater of Operations" sub-series. There are ten books in this sub-series, with the seven operational books occurring chronologically as follows (the other three volumes are also listed):

"The Supreme Command"

"Logistical Support of the Armies, Volume I: May 1941 - September 1944"
"Logistical Support of the Armies, Volume II: September 1944 - May 1945"

"Cross Channel Attack"
"Breakout and Pursuit"
"Riviera to the Rhine" / "The Lorraine Campaign" / "The Siegfried Line Campaign"
"The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge"
"The Last Offensive"

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This book is the history of the operations in southern France during World War II. It begins with the invasion of southern France on August 15, 1944, and ends with .... It is the operational history of the Sixth Army Group and it's predecessor unit, the Seventh Army. ( )
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[Includes 35 maps and 77 illustrations]. Riviera to the Rhine examines a significant portion of the Allied drive across northern Europe and focuses on the vital role played in that drive by the U.S. 6th Army Group, commanded by General Jacob L. Devers, and its two major components, the American Seventh Army, under General Alexander M. Patch, and the French First Army, under General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. Had these forces not existed, Eisenhower's two northern army groups, those commanded by Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery and General Omar N. Bradley, would have been stretched much thinner, with their offensive and defensive capabilities greatly reduced. In such a case the German offensive of Dec. 1944 might have met with greater success, easily postponing the final Allied drive into Germany with unforeseen military and political consequences. Riviera thus should balance the greater public attention given to the commands of Montgomery and Bradley by concentrating on the accomplishments of those led by Devers, Patch, and de Lattre and, in the process, by highlighting the crucial logistical contributions of the southern French ports to the Allied war effort. Finally Riviera is the study of a combined, Franco-American military effort, one which frequently saw major combat units of each nation commanded by generals of the other on the field of battle. Although outwardly similar, each national component had its own unique style, and a deep appreciation of one another's strengths and weaknesses was vital to the success of the combined force. National political considerations also played a significant role in the operations of the combined force as did personal conflicts within both chains of command, all of which had to be resolved primarily by the principal commanders in the field.… (more)

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