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6116 - OPERATION COBRA 1944 ( BATTLESETS)


OPERATION COBRA 1944 ( BATTLESETS)

THE BOX CONTAINS: 2 FRENCH HOUSES (2 modular element) - GERMAN PARATROOPERS (32 figures) - PZ. KPFW. V PANTHER AUSF.G - SD.KFZ.251/1 - U.S. INFANTRY (32 figures) - SHERMAN M4A3 76MM - M3 HALF TRACK

After the success of Operation Overlord and the consolidation of the bridgehead on the beaches of Normandy, it was essential to achieve by the Allied troops, a significant penetration through the German defenses. Operation Cobra was the codename of the offensive, planned by Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, that had the goal to break the German defense line around St.Lo and advance towards Brittany and the Seine. The Operation Cobra began on 25th July 1944 with a heavy aerial bombardment and was followed by intense fighting in the difficult terrain of the Norman countryside. The “bocage” created a lot of constraints to the armored vehicles and to the infantry movements and activities. The few reinforcements were employed by Germans in various counterattacks but after some days of fighting the defensive lines collapsed under the pressure of Allied troops. The Operation Cobra completed successfully what began on the Normandy Beaches during the D-Day and was the starting point for the liberation of Paris.

LA CONFEZIONE CONTIENE: 2 FRENCH HOUSES (2 elementi modulari) - GERMAN PARATROOPERS (32 figure) - PZ. KPFW. V PANTHER AUSF.G - SD.KFZ.251/1 - U.S. INFANTRY (32 figure) - SHERMAN M4A3 76MM - M3 HALF TRACK

Dopo il successo dell’Operazione Overlord e il consolidamento della testa di ponte sulle spiagge della Normandia, era fondamentale realizzare una significativa penetrazione all’interno del territorio francese da parte delle truppe Alleate. L’Operazione Cobra, pianificata dalle forze Americane del generale Omar Bradley, prevedeva una massiccia offensiva verso l’interno con lo sfondamento delle linee tedesche a St. Lo e l’avanzata verso la Bretagna e verso la Senna. L’operazione Cobra iniziò il 25 luglio 1944 con un pesante bombardamento aereo e fu seguita da intensi combattimenti nel difficile terreno della campagna Normanna, il “bocage”, che rese difficile il movimento dei mezzi corazzati e dei reparti di fanteria. L’offensiva americana ebbe comunque successo e la Wehrmacth, nonostante alcuni tentativi di contrattacco, non potendo disporre di rinforzi adeguati, fu costretta alla ritirata. L’Operazione Cobra completò quanto iniziato dagli Alleati sulle spiagge del D-Day e pose le basi per la liberazione di Parigi.

 

 

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