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  1. Operation Market Garden ISBN : 9781612005867 Casemate UK WWII Historic Battlefields I think I like a lot of people know about the Battle of the Bulge, but only generally from watching a few films and the excellent Band Of Brothers min series. However like a lot of things there is much more to it once start to get under the surface. By late 1944 the front was all but stationary as the allies came up against the defences of the German Westwall. Mongomery was to propose an audacious plan to circumvent these defences and make a direct thrust to Berlin. Using the newly created 1st Allied Airborne Army to capture key bridges which the British XXX Corps would use to make an advance into Germany. Unfortunately the plan was flawed, its execution imperfect; and the German Army was far from being beaten at this time. While the film "A Bridge Too Far" was indeed was a cinematic triumph, from a historical point of it provided an unbalanced view that historians have struggled to correct ever since. This book from Casemate looks at the complete battlefield. It is A4 hardback with 192 pages. It is lavishly printed through out with Black and white contemporary photos, complemented by colour photos of the areas today; and many colour maps of the battles which took place. The authors have looked at all aspect of the battles. The photos also look at the many memorials which litter the towns in the area, and which are still kept in excellent condition to this day. Conclusion This is very much a complete look at Operation Market Garden, the photos and maps show how the battle panned out, and the modern photos show in some cases how little things have changed. If you are interested in WWII history then this book is a must. For the military modeller the wealth of contemporary photos give a very good idea of how the vehicles and troops looked at this time. As with companion books on the Normandy & Ardennes Battles the Authors provided a balanced and up to date look at this important if ultimately unsuccessful battle of WWII. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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