The Battle for the Rhine: The Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, 1944

By Robin Neillands
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Who was really responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First 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 this account of the 1944 post-Normandy campaign, historian Robin Neillands disentangles 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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Who was really responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First 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 this account of the 1944 post-Normandy campaign, historian Robin Neillands disentangles 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Thoroughly researched…Neillands’ volume has a place in any collection serving World War II history students and buffs.” Booklist
“Neillands is an accomplished writer whose treatment of the topic is masterful.” Journal of Military History

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Reviews

by SteveL40831 9/13/2017
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Most biased book I've ever read/listened to

I wish I had had gone to Amazon first to see reviews on this title before purchasing it. It was easily the most biased book I've ever read/listened to. It got to the point where I had to stop listening to it for a while because it was getting sickening to listen to. The book could have been written by General Montgomery himself as it was all about how he could have won the war all by himself is the dopey American generals -- Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall & Patton -- would just get out of his way. Monty's mistakes (Market Garden, Antwerp approaches, etc.) are completely glossed over and for the most part blamed on Ike since he was Supreme Commander at the time.

I originally gave this a one-star rating but decided on two-stars because there was good information in there about logistics and their impact on the drive to the Rhine that aren't normally covered in a whole lot of detail.

If you love Monty, this book is for you. If you are not a Monty fan (or can't stand him), stay clear or buy some asprin for when you listen to it. And lastly, if you're looking for a good historical read on the advance from Normandy to the Rhine, go elsewhere. I'm really hoping Downpour comes out with Armageddon from Max Hastings as an audio download, it's a much better book on this subject.

The quality of the recording and the narration was very good, no complaints there.

Author

Author Bio: Robin Neillands

Robin Neillands, a former Royal Marines commando, has been described as “one of Britain’s most readable military historians” (Birmingham Post). Author of more than forty books, he is noted for his careful research and clear, lively accounts of complex battles and matters of command. His previous book, The Battle of Normandy 1944, was hailed by the Sunday Timesas one of the best military histories of its year.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English