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Among the best are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe (1948); Omar N. Bradley, A Soldiers Story (1951); and George S. Patton, War As I Knew It (1947). For the British view, see Field Marshal the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Normandy to the Baltic (1947). Two worthwhile volumes which explore the Supreme Commander’s decision-making processes are Walter Bedell Smith, Eisenhower’s Six Great Decisions (1956), and Stephen E. Ambrose, Eisenhower and Berlin, 1945—The Decision to Halt at the Elbe (1967).

But, as the Third Army began pulling up to the Mulde on 13 April, the XII Corps, Patton’s southernmost force, continued moving southeast alongside the 6th Army Group to clear southern Germany and move into Austria. After taking Coburg, about 50 miles south of Erfurt, on 11 April, XII Corps troops captured Bayreuth, 35 miles farther southeast, on 14 April. As was the case throughout the campaign, the German will to fight was sporadic and unpredictable during the drive to the Elbe-Mulde line. Some areas were stoutly defended while in others the enemy surrendered after little more than token resistance.

35 Further Readings The best narrative account of the final campaign in the European theater is Charles B. S. Army in World War II series. Other excellent accounts are found in John Toland, The Last 100 Days (1966), and Russel F. Weigley, Eisenhower’s Lieutenants (1981). Several of the top commanders involved in the campaign published memoirs after the war, and these provide the opportunity to examine the events from various viewpoints. Among the best are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe (1948); Omar N.

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