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Paul W. Baade, who had held this post since January 1943. A West Point graduate of 1911, General Baade joined the infantry, served on the Mexican border in 1914, and acted as a regimental officer in the Vosges and Verdun sectors in 1918. The 35th, a National Guard division, landed on the Continent during the second week of July. It received its baptism of fire at St. Lô and incurred severe losses there and in the Mortain counterattack. THE HALT AT T H E MEUSE 17 Maj. Gen. Walton H. Walker commanded the XX Corps, which, like the XII Corps, was one of the formations originally assigned to the Third Army in the United Kingdom.

S. Army, by orders issued on 26 August, was committed to a drive close along the right boundary of the 21st Army Group. By I September the marked inability of the enemy to offer any really effective resistance and the speed with which the highly mobile Allied formations were cutting in on the German escape routes led General Eisenhower to order a maneuver in which a part of the American forces would be turned to the north. In the Pas-de-Calais area west and north of the line Laon-Sedan, Allied intelligence estimated that the main German forces were grouped in a strength equivalent to the combat effectiveness of two panzer and eight to ten infantry divisions.

Walter J. Muller, G–4, had held these same positions on the staffs of the Western Task Force and the Seventh Army. The G–3, Col. Halley G. Maddox, a wellknown army horseman, had been a member of the G–3 Section of the Western Task Force and then, in Sicily, had served as Patton’s G–3. Only the G–1, Col. Frederick S. Matthews, was a newcomer to Patton’s general staff. The Third Army special staff also included officers who had earlier served with General Patton in the same positions they now occupied: the Adjutant General, the Army Engineer, the Army Signal Officer, and the Army Ordnance Officer.

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