ONSLAUGHT ON HITLER'S RHINE
Operations Plunder and Varsity, March 1945
Autore: Patrick Delaforce
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Tratta, con dovizia di particolari, le operazioni Plunder e Varsity del marzo 1945. La ricca iconografia comprende oltre 190 tra foto in bianco e nero e mappe.
Operation Plunder was Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s swan song. It is rarely mentioned in the Second World War history books, and when it is, both American and British military historians dismiss it as being ultra-cautious. Monty was by nature a cautious commander with dwindling manpower resources. Operation Market Garden in September 1944 had not been successful in achieving a major lodgement over the Rhine. Monty knew that Hitler regarded the Rhine as his final barrier, and his storm-troopers and paratroops had fought like demons for four weeks in February/March 1945 defending the Siegfried Line in Operations Veritable andBlockbuster. Presumably they would continue to defend their own country to the bitter end. So, in command of a British, a Canadian and an American army Monty ensured by very careful planning, including a huge airborne drop in Operation Varsity, that the great onslaught would be furious, quick, ruthless and highly successful. And so it was.
194 foto in bianco e nero e mappe
15,5 x 23,5