Monty's Rhine Adventure

Monty's Rhine Adventure

by Patrick Delaforce

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Overview

MONTY'S GREATEST GAMBLE REQUIRED THE WHOLE OF THE BRITISH ARMY, THE CANADIAN ARMY AND TWO AMERICAN AIRBORNE DIVISIONS TO FIGHT THEIR WAY TO LIBERATE HOLLAND AND REACH THE RIVER RHINE. The book begins immediately after the Normandy invasion, with the euphoria surrounding the belief that the War would soon be won. However, it was not to be as easy Monty hoped. The book covers the difficult next few months as the allies slogged through France and Belgium fighting stern and skilled Nazi resistance. However, the centerpiece of the book is Operation Market Garden - Monty's bold plan to cut through the German defenses via the eight bridges which spanned the Dutch / German border. The book deals with the plan, its execution and aftermath in rigorous detail. Had Market Garden gone to plan, it might have led to an end of war before the end of 1944. As it was, it was the Russians that entered Berlin first in May 1945. Nonetheless, this period remains one of the boldest and most exciting of the War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781553299
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 03/19/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Patrick Delaforce served with 11th Armoured Division during the advance through NW Europe.

After a career in the wine trade he became a professional writer. Among his books in print with Pen and Sword are Churchill’s Desert Rats in North Africa, Burma, Sicily and Italy, Wellington Le Beau and Monty’s Marauders.

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements 7

1 War and Peace 9

2 Hitler's Miracles: Hitler's 'Fireman' 17

3 Von Zangen's Dunkirk Evacuation 22

4 The Capture of Antwerp: the key fulcrum 28

5 Operation Astonia: Capture of Le Havre 40

6 The Cinderella Army: Canadians in the Scheldt Campaign 50

7 The Verdronken Land of Polders and Peel Country 61

8 Dilemma of the Allied Airborne Army 71

9 War of the Generals 75

10 Monty's Greatest Gamble 78

11 The Bitter Triangle 85

12 Monty's Forlorn Hope: 1st Airborne Division 89

13 Frost's War 109

14 Taylor's 101st US Airborne Division: The Screaming Eagles 116

15 Gavin's 82nd US Airborne Division: The All American 121

16 Guards Armoured: 'Ever open eye' 130

17 'Von Thoma's' 43rd Wessex Wyverns Division 147

18 Last Battle of 50th Tyne-Tees Division 164

19 Polish Brigade Tragedy 176

20 Black Bull: nth Armoured right flank protection 181

21 Monty's Ironsides: 3rd British Division 193

22 The Netherlands' unique Tank Battle 203

23 Desert Rats: 7th Armoured Division left flank 209

24 Red Crown & Dragon: 53rd Welsh Division 221

25 The Red Lion Rampant: 15th Scottish Division 232

26 Monty's Marauders 247

27 Student's Ferocious Counter-Attacks 257

28 Who Won? 263

29 The Island, 'No Man's Land' and the Polar Bears 269

Bibliography 276

Glossary 277

Index 281

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