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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 9:45 p.m. PST

…. Nazi Map Data .

"The fighting for Aachen was fierce. American planes and artillery pounded the Nazi defenses for days. Tanks then rolled into the narrow streets of the ancient city, the imperial seat of Charlemagne, which Hitler had ordered defended at all costs. Bloody building-to-building combat ensued until, finally, on October 21, 1944, Aachen became the first German city to fall into Allied hands.

Rubble still clogged the streets when U.S. Army Maj. Floyd W. Hough and two of his men arrived in early November. "The city appears to be 98% destroyed," Hough wrote in a memo to Washington. A short, serious man of 46 with receding red hair and wire-rimmed glasses, Hough had a degree in civil engineering from Cornell, and before the war he led surveying expeditions in the American West for the U.S. government and charted the rainforests of South America for oil companies. Now he was the leader of a military intelligence team wielding special blue passes, issued by Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, that allowed Hough and his team to move freely in the combat zone. Their mission was such a closely guarded secret that one member later recalled he was told not to open the envelope containing his orders until two hours after his plane departed for Europe.

In Aachen, their target was a library…"
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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 6:28 a.m. PST

Very interesting read and a possible game scenario.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

Fantastic read!! As equally dramatic and significant as The Monuments Men and Saving Italy books.

Jim

Legion 409 Nov 2019 8:05 a.m. PST

So many unsung "heroes" …

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 10:52 a.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it my friends!. (smile)


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