Rhine is reached at Rosenau (CC3, 1st French armoured division).
November 19th 1944
November 21st 1944
Mulhouse is freed by the 1st French armoured division
(then Belfort by the 5th French armoured division and 2nd Moroccan infantry division).
At the very same time, Strasbourg is freed on November 23rd 1944 by the 2nd French armoured division (general Leclerc) attached to the 7th Army (US) of general Patch. The German 19th Army is reduced to only 20,000 soldiers, i.e. a size equivalent to only one single French division.
November 30th 1944:without any warning, general de Lattre changes the direction of his offensive. What was initially a South to North offensive through the plain becomes an East-West attack through the mountain. Why? The whole Alsace could have been freed as soon as December the 3rd 1944 . A pocket is formed around Colmar: a 160 km (100 miles) bow-shaped front line running from the south of Strasbourg to Mulhouse and reaching up to by the top of the Vosges mountains.