By Tim Saunders
Operation Plunder was once the general identify for twenty first military teams crossing of the Rhine yet all the significant parts was once identified via its personal codeword, TURNSCREW and TORCHLIGHT, the British attack river crossing WIDGEON, FLASHLIGHT, the crossing by way of XVI US Corps.Operation Plunder joins over a hundred formerly released titles within the acclaimed Battleground sequence. those good written and hugely illustrated consultant books not just carry the battlefields alive for viewers, in addition they entertain readers at domestic.
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Optimism ran high, with normally stoic intelligence officers predicting that victory against Germany was ‘within sight, almost within reach’ and they reported that it was ‘unlikely that organised German resistance would continue beyond 1 December 1944’. Dissenting voices who believed that the German forces were not finished and were preparing a ‘last-ditch struggle in the field at all costs’, were, in the prevailing enthusiasm, ignored. Montgomery’s attempt, in Operation MARKET GARDEN, to ‘bounce 21st Army Group across the Rhine onto the North German Plain’ had demonstrated that the Germans were far from finished.
Their austere Christmas 1944 celebrations in their camps on Salisbury Plain were cancelled by an emergency deployment to the Ardennes as a part of the force to block the German drive on the Meuse and their ultimate objective; Antwerp. The veteran airborne division, now under a new British airborne commander, Major General Eric Bols were ready for the battle again. Their former commander, the experienced Lieutenant General ‘Windy’ Gale, however, would not be far away, as he was deputy commander of the Allied Airborne Army.
RAF radar operator, Corporal Southam found himself one of the thousands drawing khaki battledress and joining the Army. I was surprised that I took to the army, especially as it was mid-winter when I reported to Barnard Castle for infantry training. The discomfort of living in the field more than made up for escaping from the boredom of routine RAF shift work on an air station in the middle of nowhere. Southam was lucky, he was posted direct to a battalion but others, usually less enthusiastic about their transformation to the dangers and discomforts of life as an infantryman, suffered the misfortune of having to wait in the uninspiring environment of a battle casualty replacement unit.