This strategy allowed the creation of a very strong Main Battle Area, but forced SHAEF to forfeit deep defense and retreat in CENTAG and SOUTHAG sectors.
NORTHAG and NEDEFOR
US III Corps was reinforced by elements of the newly arrived UK 3rd Mobile Division.
|NEDEFOR situation, D+13 2300 ZT|
Moreover, the WG III Corps - US V Corps boundary was shifted to counter several 1st Guards Tank Army divisions marching South of the Ruhr during the night.
|NORTHAG situation, D+13 2300 ZT|
The whole Army Group retreated just East of Frankfurt, regrouping the majority of its divisions.
|CENTAG situation, D+13 2300 ZT|
French II Corps regrouped all its divisions and took charge of the Main Battle Area, while the surviving elements of WG II Corps formed a reserve force around Karlsruhe.
|SOUTHAG situation, D+13 2300 ZT|