Hurtgen chewed up a good portion of First Army later allowing for the Battle of the Bulge. It is said Hodges went into shock during the first 24-48 hours of the attack and gave no orders.
Patton did not trust Patch of the 7th USA on his right flank but trusted Hodges of 1st USA even less. Thought he has War Department desk jockey and nothing more but being a close friend of Bradley helped him attain an army command.
As soon as Market Garden failed and supplies began flowing to 3rd Army once again he had 3rd Army stockpile and move supply dumps forward as early as Sept/Oct 1944. He also put plans into motion for 3rd Army to counter-attack either north or south which ever army on his flank got into trouble. He had no fear of 3rd Army being attacked for even during the supply cut off he attacked with what supplies he had. He reasoned no army on the attack was vulnerable to being attacked. Patch and Hodges did not have the same view and with the exception of Hurtgen mainly inched along. Patton was proven correct for not only would 1st USA be attacked but so too the 7th USA..
"...Japanese Fleet allowed to fight another day...."
That above, the J fleet "escape," was a distasteful reminder, of THE most wasteful, terrible battle ever fought by the US Army, on the other side of the planet, which began Sept. 11, 1944.
The 5-months, mega-tragic Battle of the Hurtgen Forest.
Yes, the battle really lasted 5 months, the US Army's longest continuous battle. Which ended as either (accurately) a German defensive or American Pyric "victory."
There is an extremely well-done German-made 2020 documentary on this totally unnecessary madness, for which Gen. Courtney Hodges should have been put up against a wall. Thousands of American officers and tens of thousands of soldiers felt thusly.
The Germans were baffled, why the Americans kept throwing so much / wasting so much at an "immovable object." https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hurtgen+forest+battle&docid=608050339956749436&mid=463B6DE545D131274FB0463B6DE545D131274FB0&view=detail&FORM=VIRE
WHY did Bradley and Eisenhower allow it to continue?
NO WONDER, The Battle of the Hurtgen Forest is not much written about....
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