Eisenhower & Montgomery
At the Falaise Gap
by William Weidner
Hoping to avoid an unfavorable comparison with the much larger United States Army in France, the British sometimes played politics with Allied strategy. The trouble began at a small town in Normandy named Falaise. The fourteen (14) miles between Falaise and Argentan have come down through history as the Falaise Gap. This gap was used as the escape route out of Normandy for over 100,000 German soldiers between 12 August and 21 August 1944. The Supreme Allied Commander, US General Dwight D. Eisenhower was not able to keep his armies focused on their enemy. After the Battle of the Falaise Gap, Allied decisions appeared to be more the result of partisan political bickering than sound military strategy. By September 1944, the Anglo-American military alliance was dead and it required every ounce of General Eisenhower's considerable political skill to keep this secret from the public.
Although Mr. Weidner is exploring a well-traveled path, his approach to the battle is fresh, with new information and insights on page after page. EISENHOWER & MONTGOMERY: At the Falaise Gap is thoroughly documented, it is the one read that both uncovers the 'Falaise Gap Secret' and straightens out the historical mess Allied commanders made of their battles in Normandy.