As the title says, this massive report is on the horses used by the German Army - especially in the Russian Campaign. It is exhaustive and shows that although the German Army had a reputation for Blitzkrieg and rapid moving tank spearheads, everything that followed moved at the pace of the horse. The report was written by Burkhart Mueller-Hildebrandt, a cavalry officer pre-war who became a successful Panzer General during the Second World War. The book will suit all military historians as well as vets and others interested in the horse. Accompanied by many analyses.
This publication consists of two rare titles issued by HQ Middle East Forces soon after the Battle of El Alamein. The importance of both is in the detail. The first is METM No 7 - “Lessons from operations Oct and Nov 1942.” The second is a detailed description (with maps and diagrams) of the German minefields that had to be negotiated during the battle. Also includes an A1 reprint of the El Daba area map showing the whole of the El Alamein battlefield.
This is a reprint of the famous West Point maps of operations in World War II and covers Allied movements from D-Day (6 June 1944) through to the end of the war with Germany. Each map is printed in full colour, and covers a specific stage in the campaign to liberate Northern Europe from 1944 to 1945. Ideal as a primer or as a study aide-memoire, it allows an overview of the whole campaign which can then be supplemented in much greater detail from our other publications on Operation Overlord and all subsequent operations. Ideal as a companion for our reprints of the BAOR Battlefield Tours and the series of CAB papers we have also reprinted.
This is another in our series of reprints of the 'Red Books' that appeared after World War Two. This covers field engineering throughout the war and in all its theatres and also looks at organisation, airborne and armoured engineers, defences, river crossings, airfields, roads, mine and bomb warfare and equipment. First class as all these books are, it is an exceptionally good read, even for non-engineers.
The first part of Earl Ziemke’s two volume history of the Russo-German war, this volume covers operations for the first eighteen or so months from the initial assault to the Battle for Stalingrad. It is a first class account of the campaign, fully illustrated and with numerous maps. See also “Stalingrad to Berlin.”
Helmuth Greiner was in charge of the German War Diary staff at OKW during the war. This is the report he produced after the war, for the Americans, on Operation BARBAROSSA, the German invasion of Russia. He compiled the report from contemporaneous material and his own knowledge and experiences during the campaign. Albeit short in comparison with any other account of this monumental operation, it bears reading and analysis.
Canadian troops were an integral and important part of the British and Commonwealth forces engaged in Europe on and after D-Day. This is the account of Canadian forces participation in Operation VERITABLE in February and March 1945, in the lead up to the Rhine crossing. The operation is covered in detail and the text is illustrated with two A3 maps.
This is the story of Operation Market Garden, the Allied attempt to gain a bridge across the River Rhine and to advance into Germany. This publication covers all preliminary matters, including Montgomery's decision to take the risk of projecting 1 British Airborne Division 60 miles behind enemy lines, and to attempt relief by 30 Corps along a single approach route against German opposition. The volume covers the operations in detail - including 30 Corps, 82nd and 101st US Airborne Divisions and, of course, the battle in Arnhem itself. This is the first time that these two papers have been made available to the public in printed form. 296 pages (A4) softbound, with 12 maps (6 A3), 2 photographic plates and orders of battle.
An American Staff College paper on the campaigns in the Western Desert and how they contributed to the evolution of the operational art. Five campaigns are covered: the First British, Rommel’s first, Auchinleck’s offensive, Rommel’s second offensive and Montgomery at Alamein. Well worth adding to the list of reading on the War in the Desert.
The official account of the Allied invasion of France on 6 June 1944. Published after the Germans had surrendered, the detailed story of the preparations for D-Day, the invasion, and the subsequent operations which led to the Allied invasion of Germany. The book includes D-Day, the breakout in Normandy, the Battleof the Bulge, Arnhem and the Rhine Crossing. A perfect primer for anyone wanting an introduction to the military history of north-western Europe 1944-1945. Illustrated with ample maps.
Operations of 21 Army Group from D-Day to the end of hostilities with Germany. This report is a short but very detailed account of all operations carried out by 21 Army Group from 6 June 1944 to 5 May 1945. It covers the D-Day landings and the subsequent break-out, the advances across the Seine and to Brussels and Antwerp, the advance into Holland (and Operation Market Garden) and subsequent operations complete with tables and appendices. It serves as a diary and as an aide-memoire of all operations carried out by 21 Army Group and its constituent formations.
6 Airborne Division operations from D-Day to 3 September 1944. This is a facsimile copy of an original report issued by Airborne Forces HQ covering 6 Airborne Division from the eve of D-Day to 3 September 1944. It gives details of all activities of the division from the landing through to the advance in the second half of August 1944. This is an extremely important document and fundamental in any study of D-Day operations and of British airborne forces. With 5 A3 maps including the landing zones and the Merville Battery complex.
A personal account of the training of British paratroops which is of great value to all those interested in the Second World War. The book tells the whole story of jump training from the initial “synthetic” training to the real thing. It also includes details of the gliders and the men that travelled to war in those flimsy contraptions. The book also includes some very personal recollections of training “to be lawless...”
This is an analysis of paratroop operations in the first half of the Second World War, by Colonel F O Mieschke, who was seconded to the French Army by the Czech Army, and then moved to London with the French after Dunkirk. Like his book Blitzkrieg (also published by MLRS) this is a soldier's analysis of a new factor in warfare - vertical envelopment. First created by the Russians, paratroop operations were perfected by the Germans and later adopted witrh great success by the Allies. This book tells the story of airborne forces in Europe and the operations, including the Low Countries, the Balkans and Crete, and then looks in detail at how to get airborne forces onto the ground and into battle. A fascinating and well written study with a number of pertinent illustrations.
Planning D-Day: Operation OVERLORD and other plans. Planning for the invasion of Europe started in the dark days of 1940, and did not stop until the day of the landing on 6 June 1944. This official report gives much detail of the main plan and the various sidelines and other distractions that appeared between 1940 and 1944 and also covers the raiding policy before the main event, in particular the Dieppe operation. There are also details of the Mulberry project, COSSAC and the conferences which lead finally to the successful Operation OVERLORD. Highly recommended as it puts the whole planning stage of the operation into context and allows the reader to observe the effects of Dieppe and the Mediterranean landings of 1943. 322 A4 pages, softbound.
Operation Blackcock, 15-26 January 1945, was an operation by the British 12 Corps in the Geilenkirchen-Roermond area. With 4 A2 operational maps. Troops involved included 7 Armoured Division, 52 (L) Division, and 43 Infantry Division. The report covers planning and operations and gives a complete picture of this important operation.