The Battle for the Rhineland

The Battle for the Rhineland

by Reginald W. Thompson
     
 

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An Engrossing Study of the British and American Victory Over the German Army in the West During World War II

In this fascinating account of the critical final campaign against Nazi Germany on the western front, Reginald W. Thompson focuses on both the command decisions by the British and American generals and the performance of the enlisted men in order

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An Engrossing Study of the British and American Victory Over the German Army in the West During World War II

In this fascinating account of the critical final campaign against Nazi Germany on the western front, Reginald W. Thompson focuses on both the command decisions by the British and American generals and the performance of the enlisted men in order to explain the complex series of events that led to the German defeat in World War II. During the planning and run-up to what was intended to be a massive joint British and American push across the Rhine River and into the heart of Germany, the Allies encountered unexpected setbacks. Operation Market-Garden, the Allied aerial assault of the Low Countries, ended in disaster, while the attack through the Hu¨rtgen Forest was met by unexpected heavy resistance due to the build-up for the German surprise counterstrike planned for December 1944, what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge. The author identifies the attack on the town of Schmidt in the Hu¨rtgen Forest as the key battle that set in motion a series of events that both prolonged the war and shaped Allied strategy in their effort to cross the Rhine. Here the reader will learn the chain of decisions that allowed the Allies to pressure German forces between the Roer and Rhine rivers and move on Cologne, Dusseldorf, and other key points, including the famous bridge over the Rhine at Remagen, near Bonn. Based on both American and British official reports and the author's independent research and originally published in 1958, The Battle for the Rhineland is a lucid, balanced, and engaging account of a critical period in Western Europe during the Second World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594161704
Publisher:
Westholme Publishing
Publication date:
10/05/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.80(d)

Meet the Author

REGINALD W. THOMPSON (1904-1977) was a soldier, author, and correspondent. He wrote a number of books, including Cry Korea, Dieppe at Dawn, and The Eighty-Five Days.

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