Here, Martin Bowman brings us the first book on Operation Varsity to include both British and US air and ground operations, as well as the US, British and Canadian paratroop and resupply missions, all presented together in one ambitious volume.
Operation ‘Varsity-Plunder’, the last large-scale Allied airborne operation of World War II, was certainly no walk-over. ‘Varsity’ was the airborne part, whilst ‘Plunder’ represented the British amphibious operations by the British Second Army.
The airlift consisted of 541 transport aircraft containing airborne troops and a further 1,050 troop-carriers towing 1,350 gliders. The American 17th Airborne Division’s C-46 Commando transports and Waco gliders joined the British 6th Airborne Division C-54s, C-47 transport aircrafts, Horsas and Hamilcar gliders to form an immense armada that stretched for more than 200 miles across the sky. The successful air attack involved more than 10,000 Allied aircraft and was concentrated primarily on Luftwaffe airfields and the German transportation system.
The combination of the two divisions in one lift made this the largest single day airborne drop in history. In this impressive account, Martin Bowman weaves firsthand testimony and a compelling historical narrative together with a variety of photographic illustrations, many of which have never been published before, in order to create a complete and fascinating record of events as they played out in March 1945.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Martin Bowman is one of Britain’s best-known aviation historians and authors. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Lost Wings of World War I and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. He lives in Norwich.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 'Varsity' 15
Chapter 2 'Plunder' 35
Chapter 3 'Red on! Green on! Go!' 56
Chapter 4 'All was Clockwork' 83
Chapter 5 The British and Canadian Lift 116
Chapter 6 Winged Pegasus 141
Chapter 7 A Matter Of Life and Death 163
Chapter 8 Low Level Liberators 188
Chapter 9 A Bankrupt Estate 219
Appendix 1 Timeline Operations 'Plunder' and 'Varsity' Objectives 246