Ultimately Hitler held Johannes Blaskowitz, commander of Army Group G, responsible and he was subsequently sacked and replaced by Hermann Balck, who was highly experienced in armoured warfare on the Eastern Front. If the Germans could mount at Arracourt the most formidable tank attacks since the battles against the British around Caen, their recovery had exceeded the expectations of even Patton's sober G-2 -- and the West Wall still lay ahead everywhere, and unbroken. Fully realizing the unrealistic time table for the attack and the inadequate forces to be committed to it, Manteuffel was deeply skeptical that his attack would succeed. Introduced in 1943, the Panther boasted a high-velocity 75mm gun and its thick, sloped frontal armor stopped rounds from Shermans and M18 Hellcat tank destroyers. Complete Disaster For the German Panzers For the American forces, the final tally was staggering.
We can only hope that a publisher offers Mr. The German advance was effectively blocked and Panzer-Brigade made no further progress that day. Aftermath Analysis The tally for the battle was as follows: Of the 262 tanks and assault guns deployed by the German units in the week of fighting near Arracourt, 86 were destroyed, 114 were damaged or broken down, and only 62 were operational at the end of the month. While they debated, an American jeep raced past them from the direction of Bezange. They normally used inferior tactics and incurred large losses in comparison.
While the advancing Germans were continually exposed to American fire, U. He did not have that luxury in the West. Two of the new panzer brigades were wiped out in the fighting, and by the end of the fighting for Arracourt, the 4th Armored Division had destroyed 285 German tanks and armoured vehicles for the loss of 25 medium tanks and 7 tank destroyers. Lamison immediately dispatched the rest of 2nd Platoon to join Berard. These were used to move the support weapons into the area. An Army observation pilot, took to the air with his -armed , nicknamed Rosie the Rocketer, to attack the enemy. It had 3 inches of armor face plating a 76mm high velocity round that could penetrate any M4 armor at 200 yards.
Poor tactical deployment of the German tanks soon exposed their weaker side armor to Shermans which and knocked out 11 panzers using the fog as cover. It had 2 inches of steel plating armor, not enough actually to stop any German tank round and fired a short-barreled 75 mm round effective at 800 yards. How far has this strive for intelligence reached? As a consequence, the panzer companies rolled through the French countryside like blind men. In the initial contact, Lamison and his fellow tankers disabled three Panthers that emerged from the thick fog. The Panthers were the lead elements of 1st Battalion, 130th Panzer Regiment. As a result, Eisenhower ordered Patton to switch to the defensive. Though the American tankers were outgunned in their Sherman tanks, they knew the ground and were far better trained.
Had it just been the garrison force they would have shattered and ran. The 1st Section of 1st Platoon occupied a position south of Lezey, while the 2nd Section relieved the other section of 2nd Platoon, west of the town. Guderian didn't agree and he let Hitler know it, which was a mistake because Guderian then wound up on the Russian front. A fifth German tank was hit when observed coming out of Ley and destroyed. While a few commanders and generals are emblazoned in the history of the world, the vast majority of combatants in battles through history and around the globe are fought by the nameless and faceless.
At the end of the day the Germans had lost more than 50 tanks, half the brigade's strength! The game uses area movement and forces many tactical decisions on both sides as the Germans must decide how to best use their early armor advantage over the advancing Americans before it grows late and the Sunset Die Roll changes and brings in more defenders. As night fell, the 113th Panzer Brigade withdrew to Moncourt having suffered the loss of 43 tanks, mostly Panthers, and approximately 200 infantry. His four tanks then popped up from behind the crest and opened fire on the last three panzers still in Bezange, destroying all three. Another point is that most of the American vehicles had seen continuous combat since Jul 44, and had been in the dash across France since Operation Cobra. Both Leiper and Dwight realized it was time to hunker down and wait for reinforcements. They successfully achieved their objective. Within minutes, an artillery spotter plane arrived over the battlefield to coordinate fire.
They held their ground in the face of repeated assaults by tanks and infantry from the 11th Panzer Division throughout the long day. The enemy effort was so weak and disjointed that the Americans believed it was merely a poorly coordinated local counterattack. No sooner had the crews assumed firing positions than they saw a single Ger- man tank emerge from the woods at the base of the hill. Although no one knew it at the time, the shot heralded the beginning of the Battle of Arracourt, an 11-day armored fight between U. Larger assaults were made at Juvelize, Lezey, and Ley. They were able to hold on primarily because of strong artillery support.
Each type mounted a high-velocity 75mm cannon. Over the next few hours the Germans conducted small battalion-sized probes supported by a few tanks against the Americans, but each probe was repulsed. At that time the West Wall was still unmanned, and no effective defense could have been made there. Manteuffel felt if he attacked hard enough with enough surprise he could drive them off. The second attack group pushed west from Trieux toward Avril, but the Americans were at Avril in force.