Mobilizing For War! Chapter 12. Convert the economy from to a full time war machine. This would be a war of industrial production. No major consumer goods would be produced until AFTER the war was over! Cost-Plus incentives administrated by the Reconstruction Finance Corp.
Paris liberated August, 1944. Three month after D-Day.
Three weeks later, Allies within 20 miles of German border.
Allies think that Germany is finished.
Battle of the Bulge. Dec., 1944. Hitler’s last roll of the dice. Allies think German army finished. Hitler mounts a massive offensive through the Ardennes Mountains in middle of winter. Ardennes LIGHTY defended, NO armor. Allies thought this was impossible. Sound familiar?
Hitler thought this would cause a political spilt between England and U.S.
Possible peace treaty with allies.
Battle of Bastogne. Bastogne is a regional hub for roads. German Army must have it to move their heavy tanks and equipment through to Antwerp. Winter is no time for massive tanks to travel off road. American airborne saves the day. “Band of Brothers.” NUTS!
Why Was Attack a High Risk Gamble for Germany?
It would use all of German Army reserves.
Pulled troops/weapons off Eastern Front.
German Army HAD to capture allied fuel to get to Antwerp.