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    Unhappy What is the meaning of this sentence?

    Hi guys, I watched a documentary called "World at war, episode 19" and narrator said something that I can't understand.

    He said:

    Each tank used a gallon of petrol a mile. The allied trucks carrying the stuff stretched back 250 miles to the Normandy beaches. Such had been the speed of the Allied break-out that pockets of German troops had been left behind and so the road convoys had often to run a gauntlet of enemy sniping on the way.

    I don't understand the general idea of bold part. Would you help me out?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentence?

    not a teacher

    The Allied troops had advanced so quickly that they had moved right past small groups of German troops. So the supply trucks carrying petrol to the tanks in the Allied front line were being fired upon by these German troops who had been caught behind the advance.

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