The Falaise Pocket

SS-Panzerdivision Das Reich
An armored SdKfz 251 half-track of 2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich and the corpse of a Waffen-SS Panzergrenadier near Mortain on August 12 1944. By August 13 1944, the Lüttich offensive had fully halted, resulting in 80,000 – 100,000 German troops being trapped in the Falaise Pocket. Thanks to the efforts of Das Reich along with 9.SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen, a large number of German forces were able to escape the Falaise pocket, also referred to as the Falaise Gap after the corridor which the Germans sought to maintain to allow their escape. Image: National Archives USA, U.S. Army Photograph. Public domain.

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