segment 6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v77-LIr3TGY
In early September 1944, when the Allied forces were approaching the West Wall, 14 weeks had passed since the D-Day landings in Normandy.
The West Wall, the fortifications protecting Germany's western border, laid 300 hundred miles inland from the Normandy beaches.
(2:56)But that was not the only way the distances could be calculated. It was also measured in (?==>)slog(<==?) and slaughter, hardship and destruction, trauma and exhaustion.
After the D-Day landings in Normandy, hundreds of thousands men had been killed on both sides, scores of them at a time to gain and often lose just a few yards of ground.
The West Wall featured around 22,000 pillboxes, troop shelters, and command posts, all interlinked and all mutually supportive.
In some places, such as the rivers Rhine, Roer, and Kyll, the terrain provided nature obstacles to invasion.
(7:04)Where the (?==>)___(<==?) of land failed to oblige, concrete pyramids called dragon teeth were planted in parallel rows to obstruct the attackers.
(7:14)Nazi propaganda of course (?==>)t____(<==?) the West Wall as impregnable. Its real purpose was not to repulse the assaults but hold up the enemy long enough for mobile reserves to arrive and stage counterattacks.
Even so for the Allies in 1944 the difference was academic. The reality of the West Wall matched the propaganda for a very long time.
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