This paper was written to satisfly US Army examination requirements, and it is well worth reading. It looks at the reasoning behind the formation of 79th Armoured Division and its use in the invasion of Europe in 1944 and subsequently in the defeat of German forces in the west. Illustrated with photographs, maps and schematics the author has done his homework well.
The three pamphlets that make up this composite report give details of German obstacles and field works in France and Belgium. The reports date between 1942 and 1944, and come with line drawings of obstacles, wire and other defensive works. There are also a number of photographs in the material, most of which must have been taken by the resistance near the coast. The end result is a really first class picture of what the Germans were building or installing along the Atlantic Wall. The quality of the illustrations makes this an excellent reference text.
Operation BLUECOAT - Battlefield tour papers for Staff 1947 - a facsimile printing of this important battle analysis. Contains a descritption of the preparation for and conduct of this battle (30-31 July 1944). Operations of 8 Corps South of Caumont. Includes planning, operations, Order of Battle (8 Corps), orders (Corps, Divisions and Brigades) and six A3 coloured maps which were in the original edition. 50 pages, spiral bound with 6 colour A3 maps.
This paper argues that Ultra intelligence available should have warned Allied commanders of the risks involved in going through with Operation Market Garden, the parachute landings planned as the "airborne carpet" for XXX Corps in the advance to the River Rhine. The author points out clearly that although intelligence was available, it was often not passed to the land force commanders, among them Montgomery, whose earlier reliance on Ultra had won him battles. This is an interesting paper which supports its argument well, and is a welcome addition to the papers already published by MLRS on this operation. It is possible that the intyelligence was actually ignored.
The German parachute assault on Crete 1941. The German XI Air Corps mounted the German parachute assault on the island of Crete in 1941. It was the last time such a large scale attack was carried out by the Germans, due to the heavy losses they suffered in this operation. This Research Paper is a reprint of the important Pamphhlet No. 38 in the "Periodical Notes on the German Army" series, issued by the War Office at various times during the Second World War. It contains details of the history and organisation of the German Fallschirmj?ger (parachute) troops, as well as airlanding troops. It contains a wealth of detail about the operation itself including a number of captured orders and other papers. There are complete descriptions of the Geman paratrooper's equipment, his tasks in the operation and the method of transport to the island. There are also loading charts and diagrams for gliders. This was the only example of a War Office publication devoted entirely to these troops, and is a valuable research aid both into the attack on Crete and the history of the German paratroops.
Operation PLUNDER - 12 British Corps crosses the Rhine 1945. A complete description of this operation including details of both the planning and the execution. Illustrated with 16 A3 colour maps, 2 OrBats, and many of the original plans for the operation. An unrivalled source for the assault crossing of the River Rhine in 1945.
A collection of the papers written by the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa by British and US Forces in November 1942. Includes provisions for creating a settlement with French forces in the area, and all the details of the naval and military preparations and needs for this first US-UK combined operation. Accompanied by an A1 map of the whole area of North Africa involved (and see Map Section Map: Torch Operations Area).
Operation VARSITY - operations of XVIII US Airborne Corps in the Rhine Crossing, March 1945. Another invaluable Battlefield Tour guide from BAOR in 1947. This volume compliments the paper on Operation PLUNDER. The paper describes the planning for and execution of Operation PLUNDER, the last large scale airborne operation in World War II, and carried out jointly by British and American airborne forces.
A detailed history of the second half of 2 Army operations in Europe, covering the period from the clearance of the Rhine-Maas area to the capitulation of Germany. This volume is the second of two volumes we are reprinting on Second army operations. Volume I covers operations prior to those narrated here, and the reference maps (published separately originally). This history of 2 Army is important in understanding the sequence of operations carried out during the adance to the German border and beyond. It complements the Battlefield tour series already published, and puts those operations and many others into their correct sequence and context. With a set of A2 and A3 operational maps including D-Day, Market Garden, the Rhine Crossing and others. Highly recommended. A4 softback.
Part I of our reprint of the official two-volume set telling the story of 2 Army from D-Day to the end of the war. The narrative starts with the planning for D-Day and the operations on 6 June 1944, followed by a description of the establishment of the lodgement area. It then covers the breakout and the pursuit into Belgium, the liberation of sothern Holland and the winter of 1944/45 in the Ardennes. This volume finishes the text of the series and the two volumes cover all activities connected to Second British Army throughout this decisive period. A4 softbound, 312pp. Printed in two parts for ease of use. Amply illustrated with OrBats., maps, situation maps and many appendices.
Royal Engineers Battlefield Tour Volume II: The Seine to the Rhine. This second volume of the Royal Engineers account of the campaign in Europe 1944-1945 covers operations from after the Seine crossing to the Rhine crossing by 30 Corps in March 1945. It also gives an account of operations in France and Flanders 1940, and then goes on to look at operations in Belgium and the advance of 30 Corps to the Neder Rijn, 1 Airborne Division at Arnhem, airfield construction in the Eindhoven area, the battle of the Rhineland between the Maas and the Rhine in February 1945, and concludes with details of the Rhine crossing. Like its companion, Volume I, the book is full of details, and includes all the original maps reproduced in colour (15 at A2 size). This volume is, like volume I, fundamental to an understanding of the overall picture of these operations, and the maps add even more to that picture. Totally recommended, and well worth the money! Originals of this volume are as scarce as copies of Volume I, but we are sure you will enjoy these accounts.
Royal Engineers Battlefield Tour Volume I: Normandy to the Seine. This first volume of two gives details of all operations by the Royal Engineers during D-Day and up to the Seine crossing at Vernon. It covers I Corps plans for the assault, operations of 6 Airborne Division, the assault by 3 British Division, bridging the Caen Canal and the River Orne, the construction of airfield in France, the capture of Le Havre and the Seine crossing at Vernon. There are many maps and photographs in the book which enhance the sheer pleasure of reading this wonderful account. As Volume II of this set, readers are strongly recommended to dig deep and get copies.
This SHAEF text was issued to Intelligence Staff of the British and US Armies to give them information on the Allgemeine or General SS. Unlike the Waffen SS the Allgemeine SS was involved throughout Germany as an extra police and supervisory force; it also provided many of the guards for the concentration camps. The text gives details of the development of the SS as a whole, the offices of the Allgemeine, including the infamous Race and Resettlement Office and other organisations down to local level. There is a section on the SS and race and one on uniforms, insignia and titles (without illustrations).
Published in two volumes because of its size, this is the American official account of the Battle of the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) - often known as “Hitler’s last gamble in the West.” German forces attacked westwards in strength in December 1944 and at one point threatened to split the British and US forces and possibly even reach Antwerp. This is the story of what they tried to do and how the Allies stopped them, although not in their tracks. With a series of excellent maps showing movements and operations throughout the battle. Of exceptional value to all students of war. With 9 A3 and one A2 foldout colour maps.
This is another of the series of CAB papers covering the Battle of El Alamein and describes operations prior to the offensive. It continues the story from the end of Romme's attack (see CAB 44/99: The German Attack, already reprinted) and covers raiding operations in September 1942, the attack on Deir el Munassib at the end of September and planning and preparation for Operation Lightfoot. With 5 A2 and 6 A3 maps
This is the official record of the operations of the BEF in Belgium and Artois from the day the Germans moved against the West on 10 May 1940 to 3 June, at which time Dunkirk was a harbour known to every British man and woman. It is a detailed account of operations and is accompanied by the relevant maps.With 11 maps.
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