September Footnote 2: "a real hot spot"

"They [the German army] had reached home. Men who saw no point in fighting to retain Hitler's conquests in France were ready to fight to defend the homeland. The German officer corps began taking the terrified survivors of the rout in France and organizing them into squads, platoons, companies, battalions, divisions--and suddenly what had been a chaotic mob became an army again. Slave labor, meanwhile, worked on improving the neglected Seigfried Line. The Germans later called the transformation in their army and in the defensive works the Miracle of the West." Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers, p. 114

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