A pause followed this disaster, but it was only the calm before the storm.
Amidst all the hyperbole surrounding the Anglo-American and Canadian invasion of enemy-occupied France in the Second World War, which claims that it was the beginning of the end of the German army, sight of an important, and much-overlooked fact is lost: Compared with the eastern front, it was a mere sideshow.
And they had less than one-20th of that number in Normandy.
That alone is an indication of where their priorities lay.
The Germans left behind three major fortified cities, Thorn, Poznan and Breslau, which helped to slow the Soviet advance.
In addition, a large portion of German forces, remnants of three armies, were still in areas of East Prussia and Pomerania to the north of the Soviet route of advance.