Cover

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Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Editor’s Preface

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pp. vii-xii

Colonel Robert S. Allen was a key member of Colonel Oscar Koch’s G-2 Section in Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr.’s Third Army headquarters. Allen served as chief of the Situation (Combat Intelligence) subsection and as executive officer for Operations. Like many American officers during the war, Allen kept a personal journal to record what was important to him. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-4

Robert Sharon Allen was born in Latonia, Kentucky, on July 14, 1900. When he was sixteen, he lied about his age and enlisted in Troop F in the U.S. Cavalry. He served in Mexico in 1916–1917 and took part in the pursuit of Pancho Villa; he later served in France during World War I. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1918 ...

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1. From New Jersey to England

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pp. 5-32

Friday, February 18, 1944: Arrived Camp Shanks, near Nyack, N.J., after 5-day trip across country via NO [New Orleans]. [Lieutenant General Courtney H.] Hodges1 still not with us and no word about or from him. Shanks is a miserable hole. Filthy little temporary shacks, coal stoves that pour forth gaseous smoke, ...

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2. Watching and Waiting

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pp. 33-60

Tuesday, June 6, 1944: Big show is on. Patton walked into 1100 briefing smiling broadly and exclaimed—“Congratulations, gentlemen, the war is finally on.” Put Sit[uation] Sec[tion] on 24-hour basis and issued my first ISUM [intelligence summary]. Invasion actually began at 0200B with issuance of pre-arranged radio silence signal—...

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3. Third Army Enters the Fight

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pp. 61-70

Tuesday, August 1, 1944: TUSA finally entered the war at 1200 noon. Heard Patton told chief of Section this morning, “There is very little in front of us and we must keep going hard. The Germans are groggy and we want to keep them that way. Not give him a chance to catch his breath and balance.” ...

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4. The Lorraine Campaign

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pp. 71-112

Wednesday, October 18, 1944: Genl [Hans] Eberbach,1 one of the PW generals, and son, also PW, brought together and dictaphoned. Eberbach complained bitterly about Hitler’s constant interference in the West and put the blame for the debacle on this. Said got so bad, generals got together, got hold of Sepp Dietrich,2 ...

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5. The Battle of the Bulge

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pp. 113-162

Saturday, December 16, 1944: German offensive cracked today. Got first word around 1330—opened with heavy Arty fire along entire FUSA front, followed by Armor-spearheaded attacks in North and South of VIII Corps zone. Six new Divisions identified in VIII Corps zone. Captured Dog [document]—Order of Day—...

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6. Into Germany

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pp. 163-184

Saturday, January 27, 1945: Patton started smoking again. Result—much better humor. From Eklund—replacements. 55,000 due per month from States for 3 months. In addition, 10,000 from Air Force, SOS and other sources. 15,000 returned casualties. Out of 55,000—for all U.S. Armies in ETO—...

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7. The Palatinate Campaign

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pp. 185-212

Tuesday, March 13, 1945: Start today our fifth major operation. 4th Armored Div jumped off, got bridgehead over Moselle, and started rolling like hell. Simmers [Simmern], first objective (reached by nightfall today) and Bad Kreuznach, on Nahe River and about half the distance across the Palatinate triangle to Worms and Mainz. ...

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8. The End of the War in the European Theater of Operations

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pp. 213-218

Tuesday, May 1, 1945: PW captured yesterday—TUSA—17,000, FUSA—5,000, SUSA—27,000, [total] 49,000. Our casualties for day—Killed—30, Wounded—226, Non-battle casualties—338. ...

Appendix A: Selected Ultra Messages

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pp. 219-222

Appendix B: Third Army G-2 Estimates

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pp. 223-236

Appendix C: Allen’s Recommendation for Promotion, November 9, 1944

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pp. 237-238

Abbreviations

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pp. 239-244

Notes

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pp. 245-286

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 287-292

Index

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pp. 293-318

Photographs

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