|Part of Central German Front|
The Losheim Gap, as of March 2. The Allied counterattack on Morbach is the blue arrow, the German counteroffensive is in red.
|Commanders and leaders|
|Jean de Lattre de Tassigny||Gerd von Rundstedt|
Background EditThe Germans were being pushed deeper and deeper into their homeland, preparing last-ditch defenses of the towns and cities that were being liberated by the Allies. On March 1, Army Group Model was trapped in the Losheim Gap, three German-held towns that were surrounded by French and British troops. The French troops performed bravely, but with the town of Morbach lying to the north, they could not connect their supply lines to their other supply depots, so Jean de Lattre de Tassigny attacked the town in hopes of clearing up the routes. Tassigny's 1st French Army Group numbered 500,000 troops, including some Czech and Luxembourgian troops.
The French, Czech, and Luxembourgian troops assaulted the German town of Morbach, held by German Fallschirmjaegers and other regular units, plus the German 33rd Regiment of Militia, a force of Volkssturm troops. The Allies were bogged down in their tracks by heavy resistance, and they suffered a high toll of losses. De Lattre de Tassigny's army group withdrew, so the German 21st Regiment of Militia attacked the French town of Hermeskeil, where the French advanced from. However, the French routed the Germans, leaving the battle inconclusive.