The Brenner Assignment by Patrick K. O'Donnell

By Patrick K. O'Donnell

Like a scene from the place Eagles Dare, a small group of yank spies parachutes into Italy at the back of enemy traces. Their orders: hyperlink up with neighborhood partisans and sabotage the well-guarded Brenner Pass—the Nazis’ the most important offer direction in the course of the Alps—thereby bringing the German warfare attempt in Italy to a grinding halt.

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Some were delayed-action mines, which worked on timers. Some detonated up to 85 days after they were set. It was three weeks before the Americans could get the slightest use out of it, and the harbor remained essentially unusable until September. 40 Meanwhile, the first effective V-1 rocket launch was fired on June 16. Traveling at 400 miles per hour, it crossed the English Channel and landed in the London area. Utter confusion resulted. Although they caused relatively few casualties (about 6,000 killed and 17,000 wounded in the Greater London area), they nevertheless had a significant impact on the campaign.

Due to the efforts of the 716th and its sister unit, Lieutenant General Dietrich Kraiss’s 352nd Infantry Division, he did not even cover the 10 miles to Caen. S. 1st Infantry Division during the initial assault wave—1 casualty for every six feet of beach. S. S. S. 58th Armored Field Artillery Battalion lost all of its amphibious tanks and most of its men. S. 29th Infantry Division also suffered serious losses on Omaha Beach. Despite locally heavy losses, however, the invasion was an unqualified Allied success.

It was therefore imperative for the Allies to quickly break out of hedgerow country (called bocage by the French), or the Germans might be able to stalemate them. That is exactly what happened. Hurriedly, Rommel brought up Panzer Group West to deliver his counterattack with the Panzer Lehr Division on the left, 12th SS Panzer in the center, and what was left of 21st Panzer on the right. With equal haste, the British disembarked their 7th Armoured Division and a number of independent British and Canadian armored brigades.

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