Overview

'The last great heave of war,' according to Churchill, took place with the crossing of the Rhine in 1945. No invading army had crossed this great river since Napoleon's in 1805, and the task fell to Field Marshal Montgomery's 21st Army Group. Opposing them were the forces of a failing fascist regime, including battalions of old men and boys, strengthened by several formations of crack troops, including paratroopers and Panzer Grenadiers.

This book details the devastating Anglo-American assault from Arnhem during...
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The Rhine Crossings 1945

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Overview

'The last great heave of war,' according to Churchill, took place with the crossing of the Rhine in 1945. No invading army had crossed this great river since Napoleon's in 1805, and the task fell to Field Marshal Montgomery's 21st Army Group. Opposing them were the forces of a failing fascist regime, including battalions of old men and boys, strengthened by several formations of crack troops, including paratroopers and Panzer Grenadiers.

This book details the devastating Anglo-American assault from Arnhem during World War II (1939-1945), starting with the battle of Arnhem, and leading on to the successful crossing of the Rhine and eventual breakout, and continuing with the advance across northern Germany. Including comprehensive details on all aspects of the operation, including the amphibious assault, airborne landings, special forces' attack and armored land battle, this book charts the history of the last great set-piece battle of the war, second in magnitude only to the Normandy invasion, that ultimately brought the defeat of Hitler's Nazi regime one step closer.


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"The history of these last battle strongholds comes to life in a survey filled with black and white vintage photos and detailed discussions of crossing tactics and logic." -The Bookwatch Midwest Book Review

"...superbly illustrated by Howard Gerrard and period photographs, making for a most well rounded book on the subject. Not all that much has been written about the Rhine crossings, but it was a fascinating and well executed campaign that let to the end of WW2 in Europe. A superb read and one that I do recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (January 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849087230
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Campaign , #178
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 937,268
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost thirty years in the telecommunications industry before a change in career led him to become a full time military historian. He is the author of over twenty books on various aspects of World War II. Ken now lives in Southampton. The author lives in Southhampton, UK.


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Table of Contents


Origins of the Campaign     7
Chronology     12
Opposing Commanders     15
American Commanders
German Commanders
Opposing Forces     20
Allied forces
Allied order of battle
German forces
German order of battle
Opposing Plans     27
Allied plans
German plans
The British Assault     32
51st (Highland) Division
1st Commando Brigade
15th (Scottish) Division
The first morning
The American Assault     49
30th Infantry Division
79th Infantry Division
Airborne Landings     60
British 6th Airborne Division
US 17th Airborne Division
The Breakout     76
The Battlefield Today     92
Bibliography     94
Index     95
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