D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the fourth front for Germany?

In addition to fighting enemies on three sides, Ambrose says Germany was also fighting the Allied air offenses.

2. Why does Hitler believe an Anglo-American offensive poses a greater threat to Germany than the Russians?

An attack from the West by the English and the Americans poses a greater threat to Germany because they could reach the Rhine-Ruhr, areas critical to Germany's war effort.

3. How does Hitler misjudge the need for fighter jets over bombers?

Hitler is so intent on bombing London that he fails to see the importance of fighter jets to defend Germany. When the ME-262 twin jet fighter is being developed for production, he asks the engineers to equip it to carry bombs, thus losing a defensive edge in the war that faster jets could have provided.

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