The Rhine Crossings 1945 cover
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'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.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Battle/Chronology/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/Breakout Battle/Battlefield Today/Bibliography

Product details

Published Feb 27 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846030260
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 55 b/w; 16 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 178
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ken Ford

Illustrator

Howard Gerrard

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