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By Anton Hemereijick, Ben Knapen, Ellen van Doorne

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Patch’s Army had difficulties as its units bumped up against the Siegfried Line. Nevertheless, on 19 March its forces captured Saarbruecken. German pillboxes and heavy mining exacted their toll of Patch’s and Patton’s soldiers. Four examples of Army Medal of Honor citations won by Third and Seventh Army soldiers show the incredible bravery and self-sacrifice American soldiers once more exhibited in the face of the determined German defenses. Pfc. Silvestre S. Herrera, Company E, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division, single-handedly rushed a strongpoint that had stopped his platoon’s advance.

Jack L. Treadwell, commander of Company F, 180th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division, was leading his company against the Siegfried Line near Nieder-Wurzbach when it became pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Treadwell went forward alone, armed with his submachine gun and hand grenades. In a determined attack, he knocked out six pillboxes and captured eighteen prisoners. In the wake of Treadwell’s one-man offensive, an inspired Company F swept through the remaining German positions and created a breach in the Siegfried Line that opened the way to its battalion’s objective.

MacDonald, The Last Offensive (1973), examines Allied operations from early January 1945 through the end of the war in Europe. Russell Weigley, Eisenhower’s Lieutenants: The Campaign in France and Germany, 1944–45 (1981), is a superb narrative that comments on both operations and the personalities of the principal Allied commanders, while Alfred D. , The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, The War Years: IV (1970), provides insight into Eisenhower’s private and public thoughts about the Rhineland Campaign, documents concerning operations, and useful editorial annotations that put the documents in context and refer the reader to other sources.

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Aftershocks; Economic Crisis, Institutional Choice by Anton Hemereijick, Ben Knapen, Ellen van Doorne

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