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Osprey Trade Editions : The Rhineland 1945

Known as the last great 'stand-up fight' of the Second World War the battle for the Rhineland was brutal in the extreme. Eisenhower's 'broad front' policy called for the whole of the Rhineland to be taken before pushing his troops across the Rhine and into Germany itself. Details the battle to clear the Rhineland in February and March 1945 by 1st Canadian Army, 2nd British Army and 9th US Army, the last great 'stand-up fight' of the Second World War. The objective was to seize the west bank of the Rhine in preparation for the great Allied push into Germany. The Germans opened the Roer dams in a vain bid to temper this massive Allied offensive and this called for a drastic change in tactics. The ensuing battle was characterised by amphibious assaults on the fortified villages of the flooded Rhine lowlands, frontal assaults on the much vaunted Siegfried Line and grim fighting for the Reichswald Forest. It was to be 'the last great killing ground in the west'. Text by Ken Ford with illustrations by Tony Bryan.

 

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