LEARNING EVENT 2
Now that you have completed the learning event, test your understanding with the following review questions. Check your
answers against the feedback section. Then refer back to the leaning event if you have any questions.
1. What the strategic significance of the crossing of the Meuse River and the establishment of a bridgehead on its
eastern bank by the XII Corps?
It was still another Allied victory.
It placed XII Corps in position to continue on to the Moselle River and Nancy.
It revealed enemy strength and positions that could be expected at Nancy.
Gasoline was waiting on the eastern side of the Meuse.
2. General Patton's visit to the XII Corps had what strategic significance?
It reemphasized the strategic objective.
It signaled the arrival of 8,000 gallons of gas.
It explained the Allied nations' vital interests.
It revealed the techniques to be used in attacking the West Wall.
3. At Pont-a-Mousson, the 317th Infantry based their attack on tactic that had proved highly successful for them in the
past. What was this tactic?
Carefully coordinated air support.
Concentration of fire.
contributed to the initial American failure to span the Moselle at Pont-a-Mousson; but what factors offer a more
The terrain was very favorable to the defender and he was prepared to fight for it.
The 317th Infantry consisted of raw unblooded troops.
The American leaders badly underestimated enemy troop strength.
The 3d Panzer Grenadier Division was an old and battle-tested Wehrmacht unit with high morale and full ranks.