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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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Those d*mn*d engineers who defeated Hitler.

First across the Rhine : the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion in France, Belgium, and Germany St. Paul, MN : Zenith Press, 2006  David E. Pergrin with Eric Hammel World War, 1939-1945 Regimental histories United States, United States. Army. Engineer Combat Battalion, 291st Book. 337 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. maps ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-228) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG

The monument was established to the 2nd Platoon, A-Comp., 291st Engineer Combat Battalion. This squad blew up the bridge over the Lienne on which Kampfgruppe Peiper was unable to push to the Meuse. By this the goal (Antwerp) was no longer feasible and the Germans had to withdraw from that moment.

In what quickly came to be called the Battle of the Bulge, the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion found itself directly in the path of the German spearhead. With heart-stopping suspense, Colonel David Pergrin describes one of the European theater’s critical delaying actions as his unit destroyed bridges, planted mines, and defended roadblocks in the face of oncoming tank columns. Here, in gritty detail, is the story of how “”those damned Engineers”” ruined Hitler’s winter offensive, and how the 291st, with a reputation almost as big as its accomplishments, went on to build a 1100-foot pontoon bridge across the Rhine at Remagen in 32 hours—in the face of fierce opposition and near-impossible odds. Pergrin follows the battalion from its formation and training through the campaigns in France, Belgium, and Germany, making us witness the genuine heroics, skill, and spirit that lifted the 291st to the realm of legend.

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