From the April 20, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes

TWELFTH ARMY GP. HQ. April 19–“Virtually every German soldier that faced us back on the Siegfried Line on Feb 23 is now either killed, wounded or a prisoner.” Gen. Omar Bradley, 12th Army Gp. commander told a press conference at his headquarters today. “Since we crossed the Rhine, we have taken 842,864 prisoners he added.

Bradley said that 50 percent of Greater Germany was now occupied and approximately 36 percent of the Reich is held by the Western Allies.

“We have completed this phase of operations and are getting ready for the next,” he declared. “We advanced to a definite line on which is necessary to pause before starting the next operation.”

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General Omar Bradley

For Further Reading Check Out:

A General’s Life: An Autobiography by General of the Army Omar N. Bradley

West Point 1915: Eisenhower, Bradley, and the Class the Stars Fell On

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