The new German defense line runs along the Albert Canal in the north through the eastern Ardennes, along the old maginot line defenses into the Vosges. In places the Germans are defending the rebuilt Siegfried Line defenses in other they are defending a few miles forward of the line while it is rebuilt, it’s a desperate effort to buy time.
Things start to unravel almost immediately. Two American armored corps teach through the very northern end of the German line and overrun the missile units right behind it. Armored spearheads exploit all the way to Rotterdam where elements of two airborne divisions are flown into the newly captured airfields. In front of Brussels the fight gets bloody with an understrength German corps being taken down at the cost of an American division and some supporting units. A second stronger German corps including a panzer division manages to find off two American corps.
In the center of the old Maginot line the British roll through the German defenders then their armored divisions roll into unimproved sections of the Westwall overrunning an engineer regiment and an infantry division cadre. The British have now captured a 32 mile stretch of the line. A little further south the British cleaned up a static division and a static cadre that never made it back to the main German line.
At the southern end of the line the three American divisions supported by three powerful artillery brigades and two mechanized cavalry brigade move to finish off the defenders of the Belfort Gap. . Americans cross the Rhine eliminating the cadre of one of the divisions they had smashed at the end of January while the other cadre retreats a few miles up the Westwall.
In Italy the Americans break another German corps and now there is only a thin line of second rate units between the American spearhead and Firenze.
In the last weeks of February the Americans continue their offensive at the southern end of the Westwall. They easily grind down a corps just north of their Rhine bridgehead. The single German corpse is flanked by Americans working their way through the Black forest and along the west side of the Rhine. The Americans unleash more than two corps including six top of the line artillery brigades against the second rate German defenders.
In a stunning blow the Americans storm one of the strongest sections of the Siegfried Rhine smash the strongly built but undermanned fortifications at Aachen. Two American corps supported by hundreds of aircraft join the battle. The Luftwaffe commits every fight and bomber they can find to the defense, but even with Jet fighters overhead the the Germans can barely make an impression on the waves of American aircraft. When smoke clears the Germans have lost all the defenders at the cost of a cadres U.S. infantry division and a couple of supporting units. For the moment the Rhineland is exposed to an American advance.