by Ted Bauman
The Sovereign Investor
In late November 1944, Allied divisions in the Vosges Mountains of east-central France prepared to advance against Germany’s powerful “Westwall” defenses, which lay between them and Stuttgart to the northeast.
The Allies had suffered horrific losses in the five months since D-Day. Their only respite had been the Wehrmacht’s strategic withdrawal to more defensible positions along the German border. Those positions were now occupied by highly-motivated Wehrmacht and SS soldiers, who were told they were fighting for the very existence of their country.
The Westwall ran from the Swiss border to the North Sea.