October and November are going badly for the Germans in France. The evacuation of western France was reasonably successful with a temporary line snaking from Calais to Lille than westward to the middle reaches of the Seine. The Americans kept up steady progress in northern France pushing towards Lille. Like clockwork the Americans launch two major attacks every two weeks, each time effectively breaking two more German corps. The Germans are pumping all their resources into replacing infantry divisions with no resources left to deal with the steady bleed of sub-divisional units. In late October the Americans evicted the Germans from their positions south of Calais leaving only a narrow escape route to the East for the garrison. The German command decides to remove all the division units from Calais leaving the port garrison supported by a couple of trapped railroad artillery units and a couple of other supporting units. The division units cannot make all the way back to the new line in a single movement and are destroyed just east of Calais. At the same time two American corps smash a German corps just in front of Lille, luckily for the Germans, they have been building a strong reserve force in the city as they have been using it as a depot for rebuilding shattered infantry divisions. As a result there lots of damage but no break through. South of Lille the Americans make progress in late November increasingly establishing themselves along the city’s southern perimeter.
1944 October and November
The British and French are pushing strongly against the German line around Paris. Despite the mud, progress is steady,even though two British armored divisions take enough abuse that they have to pull back to rebuild to full strength. But they have fought their way across the Seine just north of Paris while a Franco-Canadian armored corps crushes an odd assortment of German defenders just west of the city. At the end of November three quarters of Paris abruptly fall to the attackers with the German defenders of southern Paris withdrawing before they can be cut. off
The void in southern and western forces is rapidly being filled by the allies. The American 17th airborne division seizes Dijon in late October while the French 2 Chock seizes Clermont-Ferrand and a small detachment of American paratroopers occupy vacant ports along the Mediterranean. In November a steady flow of American and French forces land or are airlifted into southern France. The only Germans left are the Kriegsmarine port garrisons who have been directed to hold on to the last round. In the meantime British and American reconnaissance units flow into the area from the north. The Germans hurriedly push a screen of troops into the void southeast of Paris. They even launch a counterattack with a Panzergrenadier division and various odds and ends backed by the Luftwaffe. The attack forces the 17th airborne out of Dijon, but looks as if it might only be temporary as the Allies are able to more quickly build up their forces in the region.
As December begins the Germans are increasingly fearing the Americans will cross the Belgium border and are steadily diverting their engineering resources to rebuilding the Siegfried line.
Italy continues its set pattern. Each turn a German corps gets battered and the Germans abandon a section of their line, but always have new fortifications to fall back into