|Part of World War II|
Losheim Gap, March 1, 1945
|Commanders and leaders|
|Charles De Gaulle||Walter Model|
With the French, British, and Americans rapidly gaining ground, the Germans plotted out a counterattack to drive the Allies back into France. Although there was a high risk of defeat due to recent losses of men, the German OKW approved of the attack. Walter Model, commander of Army Group B, was to lead the attack. The Wehrmacht used the last of its tanks on the Western Front and its last artillery in the attack, and pushed the French back. The French were forced out of the town of Losheim and Merzig, and the Germans defended the towns, creating the Losheim Gap. This was the last major German victory of the war.