In a report prepared for Canadian High Command after the raid, Roberts stated, “Plans were not flexible. All but one BN were put in in [sic] the initial assault.” The mission depended on the success of every phase of the raid in order for the frontal assault on the beach to be successful. There could be no deviation from the plan. During the assault onto the eastern headlands at Puys, Roberts demonstrated his inability to use mission orders. The assault had called for either heavy bombardment, or the cover of darkness in order to achieve success.
The main objective of this essay is to prove the point that the officers were not inept and did their best considering their extraordinary circumstances they were placed in. The circumstances required a large amount of human discipline and a loss of human life was expected. The generals can be seen as competent as some displayed valour and courage even in the worst situations. The generals were given the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration to be awarded for valour, for “most conspicuous bravery displayed” (“Victoria Crosses”). This shows that the officers were not all inept as they were gallant and brave enough to receive the prestigious award.
The harsh Russian winter had come and the Nazi soldiers could not fight under such harsh conditions. In the end, the Germans were forced to retreat after suffering casualties that numbered 775 000. This would impact the success of Operation Overlord greatly as this means that the Germans would have much less soldiers they could use to counter the Allies’ invasion. If all these troops had been used during the Battle of Normandy or used to defend German occupied territory, the Allies could not have possibly invaded Europe so easily as they only numbered 130 000 to 156 000 troops. Just the casualties of Operation Barbarossa numbered 775 000, not counting soldiers that remained in Europe, which greatly outnumbers the Allies.
Byng had high regard for his Canadian units and agreed with Canadian commanders who saw a frontal assault as folly. Unfortunately, his superior, General Hubert Gough, overrode his objections. Byng was ordered to take the trench “at all costs”. The attack failed. Depleted and undersized units suffered massive casualties.
In 1939 the German Army launched Blitzkrieg attacks against France. The Germans decided to attack through the Ardennes forest, as it was a weak spot in the French defences Further the French Military did not expect the attack to take place there, as it was a difficult area for tanks to attack from. There are many reasons for France’s defeat. Many attributed that it was due to France's weakness in armed forces, however this is incorrect as France’s Military at the time was much larger and more advanced than Germany’s. Rather, the defeated of France was due to the unanticipated advance of the German army through the Ardennes Forest.
MG Franklin Hagenbeck was put into place, for the mission. He was the Commander of the 10th Mountain Division. He arrived to Bagram Air Field, with only half of his Division headquarters. Replacements would come from other parts of the Army. He was given command authority over Operation Anaconda.
To what factors do you attribute Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz ‘We are babies in the hands of a giant’ claimed Russian Tsar after the defeat of Austro-Russian forces against the Grande Armée, in the Battle of Austerlitz on 2 December 1805 (Fisher, 2001 p. 42). Indeed, the ‘sun of Austerlitz’ illuminated Na-poleon’s one of the most perfectly orchestrated battle and the Grande Armée’s first full appearance (McLynn, 1998 pp. 345-347). Consequently, France and Austria signed the Treaty of Pressburg. The Austrians exited the war and Russians agreed to withdraw home (Rothenberg, 1980 p. 46).
She is the eldest of eight children and her family became very poor in 1856 due to some work complications. She suffered from asthma and since she was the eldest, she usually stayed home to take care of her younger siblings, also, she barely received any education. On 11th of February 1858, a remarkable incident took place in Lourdes, France near Grotto of Massabielle. When Bernadette was collecting wood with her sister and friend, her sister and friend crossed the cold spring while she stayed behind fearing that if she crossed the spring she would get an asthma attack. She heard the wind blow and saw light from the grotto and suddenly saw the face of a beautiful young woman dressed in white, her beauty struck Bernadette and she started to pray the rosary as the lady joined.
To the west was Von Zangen’s 15th Army, to the east was Student’s 1st Parachute Army, and in the south at the Siegfried line was Brandenberger’s 7th Army. Model requested for reinforcements, but Germany have no available soldiers, so they conscripted young and old men. Model also ordered the 2nd SS Panzer Corps to retreat towards Arnhem to rest and refit. (Appendix D) This decision to transfer the SS Panzer by Model is one of the reasons why Operation Market Garden failed. Hitler believed that Model wasn’t capable of restoring the German defense, so he replaced Model with Von Rundstedt as OB West.
Unfortunately, King Charles wavered as George de La Tremoille, his favorite at court, warned him that Joan of Arc was becoming too powerful. According to the article, “Joan of Arc”, “The Anglo-Burgundians were able to fortify their positions in Paris, and turned back an attack led by Joan in September” (“Joan of Arc” Web). In 1430, as predicted by her voices, Joan of Arc led volunteers to stiffen the resistance of Compiegne against the Burgundians. On May 23, she found herself facing an army much bigger than she had expected. She decided to order a retreat and head on her way to the ramparts to take refuge, but Guillaume de Flavy, the captain of Compiegne, raised the drawbridge before Joan of Arc caught up to him.