WWII: Allied and Axis strategy in Western Europe

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
3,181
Sydney
#21
The broad front strategy was a nice one to contemplate but it was impossible due to a severe logistical bottleneck
only one offensive operation could be mounted ,
Patton had struggled quite a lot in Lorraine and hated the place
while Monty had stuffed up badly ( and wasted the good effort of the Belgian resistance ) by not freeing the Scheldt estuary to free for shipping the intact port of Antwerp .
tough choice , I'm still not sure why the harebrained Market Garden was given the green light
it needed so many things to go right and so few thing to go wrong ,
any sound military mind would have had some serious reservation

for my money a straight charge to the Saar made more sense ,
easier to keep a grip on the events too
 
Jan 2015
3,047
Rupert's Land ;)
#22
And thank you to everyone for their responses. But could someone address the 2nd part of the OP?

"Rundstedt wanted to hold back the tanks from Normandy and other possible landing areas. Rommel thought all tanks should be pretty much on or very near the beaches. Hitler agreed with von Rundstedt and the tanks were held back. And we all know what happens then. But, had Rommel had his way, would the tanks have actually defeated the Allies on the beaches? Or would the Allies overwhelming air and naval support have simply destroyed the panzers sooner rather than later?"
IMO Rundstedt was correct, however as it happened the chain of command was too convoluted and the opportunity was lost. Had OB West been in command, not Hitler, the situation might have been better. There should have been a couple of Panzer corps in reserve in Northern France/Belgium ready to intervene after a landing.

Rommel's idea could have resulted in most of the Panzers in the wrong place, with likely only one Panzer division in Normandy, and probably pinned down by Allied air power
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
3,181
Sydney
#24
Anzio demonstrated that the best answers was to fight the invasion straight up on the beach ,at it's most vulnerable
the Russian front had the same lesson for large river crossing ,
letting the enemy get a strong beachhead was making things way more difficult later

there is a good case to hold the panzers a few hours drive back ,let say 50 km inland
if only to be able to employ them in more concentrated form .
by the end of the first day , 21th panzer had blunted the British attack and denied Caen to Montgomery
one single division !
if more had been at hand , the landings could have been contained within heavy artillery range which is what mattered
once the Allied had a solid footage , it became an unequal attrition battle
 

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