· Battle for the Rhine 1944 ✓ Download by ë Robin Neillands This book should have been called, Monty s Battle to Overcome the Stupidity of the American Generals and Beat the Nazis single handed That would haveaccurately indicated the tone of the book While I appreciate that the author had a thesis, and that he backs up his claims with quite a bit of evidence, the tone was overbearing and extremely taxing I am an American, so admittedly this may have bothered methan it would bother other readers But the impression one takes away from this book is that Field Marshall Montgomery, who was British, never made a mistake and was always right The American Generals on the other hand, never did anything right From Patton to Ike, they were all idiots Ike receives the best treatment, but the best Neillands h An enlightening account of what happened between the breakout from Normandy in August 44 and January 45 Not really a book to bother with though unless you are interested in such details as why did it take the Allies so long to make the Rhine when things were going so well Of course, parts of the answer are Arnhem and the Bulge but they are not the whole story, as they are two months apart A fuller picture includes a lack of a clear strategy people not following the strategy such as it was personality clashes an American supply corps which was a law unto itself Eisenhower trying to do two highly demanding jobs which took him in different directions a steadily weakening Canadian force and the failure to open the Scheldt Estuary, without which the capture of Antwerp could be of no real benef
A good look at the strategy of this period of the war He claims to bridge the Monty vs Patton argument that historians, amateur and otherwise, break down, but he s clearly on Montgomery s side He does a very good job of backing it up, though He s not very complimentary to most American generals, and perhaps rightly so, but I think he is excessively harsh on Patton That said, I m emotionally a Patton o phile, but I am convinced that Montgomery had some right ideas.
This is a deeply detailed and exhaustively research account from the first hours after D Day up to The Battle of the Bulge Sometimes repetetive as a Montogmery apologist, this author also takes Patton down a few notches This account makes for good balanced reading to the dramatic and simplified popular accounts of the movies Patton and A Bridge too Far The real truthA fair review of the truth.
Obviously Monty was held back but he was the most level headed Commander not searching for personal glory but by good reasoning knowing the enemies possible moves.
Above all doing his best to not waste mens livesBrilliant well researched book.
A well written, well researched historical analysis of the time period He argues logically that General Eisenhower s strategy from September through December 1944, was ineffective and may have prolonged the war several months He hails Eisenhower as a great Supreme commander, but an indifferent ground forces commander In the author s opinion, Ike failed to adequately grip his immediate subordinates especially George Patton and Omar Bradley The author argues that General Montgomery s assessment was correct, but his lack of tact undermined the strength of his arguments The American army group generals are shown as being incompetent and unprofessional who wereconcerned with looking good to the press than strong generals.
US didn t win WWII on their own Having grown up watching movies about WWII and the impression given by them that the US won on their own, it is a very pleasant change to see other countries given credit for their contributions.
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 ThePost 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 InIf 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 Less of a history andof a misplaced dispute on how history has regarded personalities of the war and who was responsible for winning Generals Ike, Bradley, Patton and MacArthur are consistently torn down and the praise for Monty gets repetitively nauseous.