LEARNING EVENT 2
PRACTICAL EXERCISE FEEDBACK
1. Answer a is correct.
Answer a is correct. The First Army's failure to brush aside CCB, 4th Armored Division, in the earlier attack to effect a
junction between the First Army and the Fifth Panzer Army, had brought General Knobelsdorff into General Black's
disfavor. This was, however, somewhat mitigated by the reverses suffered in the Fifth Panzer Army attack.
Knobelsdorff was anxious to avoid a repetition of the First Army failure.
Answer b is incorrect. General Knobelsdorff was not new to the First Army and had recently failed a mission to
overcome CCB, 4th Armored Division.
Answer c is incorrect. All German soldiers must have been somewhat disillusioned and discouraged at this point.
However, General Knobelsdorff remained a professional and offered the same quality he had offered in the past in
pursuing a German victory.
Answer d is incorrect. His background definitely did have an effect. In his attempt to compensate for his past failure,
he stayed with the battle despite orders to halt.
2. Answer c is correct.
Answer a is incorrect. This was the strategic objective on all fronts in the European Theater. This "halt" included the
destruction of German forces.
Answer b is incorrect. The Americans already had control of the Foret de Gremecey.
Answer c is correct. General Patton's decision, on 20 September, to fix a new boundary line between the XII and XV
Corps provided some protection for the south flank of the 4th Armored Division salient. But in addition, the XII Corps
commander was anxious to secure a firmer grip on the supply lines leading to the 4th Armored and suggested to
Patton that the Foret de Gremecey, commanding the main highway east of Nancy, should be occupied.
Answer d is incorrect. This objective was established prior to the battle. It was after the Germans opened fire from
the Foret de Chateau-Salins that the American outpost line was driven in.