All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called ‘guess what was at the other side of the hill’…Duke of Wellington


The battle for the Rhine : the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes campaign, 1944 Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2007 Robin Neillands Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 335 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.  Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG  

Who was really responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden? Why was Montgomery threatened with the sack when he had just retrieved Bradley s failure in the Battle of the Bulge? Was General Eisenhower s command strategy either workable or wise, and did Bradley and Patton undermine it? Even after sixty years, the questions remain.

In his account of the 1944 post-Normandy campaign, historian Robin Neillands unpicks events from the media myths that have come to surround them to get to the truth of what really happened. He examines the often difficult relationship between General Eisenhower and British Field Marshal Montgomery. If Eisenhower had taken his advice, would the Allies have made quicker progress? Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 if the right strategies had been employed?

With superb battle narratives, and clear analysis of success and failure at every point, Neillands casts a new and informed light on the costly struggle for the Rhine.

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