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XIX Tactical Air Command and ULTRA : Patton’s Force Enhancers in 1944 Campaign in France

By Bradford J. Shwedo

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Title: XIX Tactical Air Command and ULTRA : Patton’s Force Enhancers in 1944 Campaign in France  
Author: Bradford J. Shwedo
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Bibliography, World War II
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: History
Historic
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press

Description
Gen George S. Patton Jr. remains one of the most storied commanders of World War II. Patton’s spectacularly successful drive across France in August–September 1944 as commander of the US Third Army was perhaps his greatest campaign.

Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 2 KEY PLAYERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Evolution of Airpower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Understanding ULTRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 New Kid on the Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 3 BREAKOUT IN BRITTANY . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Patton’s Playground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Combat Operations Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 The Lure from the East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 4 MORTAIN COUNTEROFFENSIVE AND THE FALAISE GAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 “To the Sea”—Targeting the Third Army Lifeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 ULTRA Improvements at Third Army . . . . . .54 German Neck in a Noose That the Allies Fail to Pull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 5 TALE OF TWO RIVERS—SEINE AND LOIRE . 71 Patton’s Original Plan Pursued . . . . . . . . . .72 Patton’s Pursuit in the South . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Support Roles Switch—XIX TAC Bags 20,000 Germans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 6 ALLIES BACK THE WRONG HORSE–– PATTON’S CAVALRY STOPPED . . . . . . . . . .101 Allies Choose the Road Worst Traveled . . .110 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 7 CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS . . . . .125 Intelligence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Ground Maneuver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Airpower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Implications for the Future . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137

 

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