History of War Issue 79
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Published 19th March
Although Nazi Germany’s borders had been infiltrated prior to March 1945, the first significant thrust into the Fatherland came with Operations Plunder and Varsity. Masterminded by Field Marshal Montgomery, this offensive would resemble the ill-fated Operation Market Garden months earlier – spearheaded with a massive airborne assault, supported by armour. However, unlike the disaster in the Netherlands, the crossing of the Rhine river would prove to be a resounding triumph of military engineering and planning, marking the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.
In History of War issue 79, award-winning historian Martin King recounts the engineering triumph and heroism during the final Allied offensive in the Western theatre. Read how deception tactics, huge smokescreens and a precisely coordinated plan of attack all contributed to the successful crossing of the river Rhine.
Elsewhere in issue 79, you can read the controversial story of Daniel Sickles, a Medal of Honor recipient who put his body on the line at Gettysburg, but almost lost his entire battalion in the process. In this issue's Great Battles, regular contributor Jules Stewart gives a blow-by-blow account of the bloodiest battle in the Spanish Civil War: the Battle of the Ebro. In this issue's Operator's Handbook, RAF researcher Stuart Hadaway explores why the Heinkel He. 177 was such a failure as a long-distance bomber.
Also in this issue, you'll find Part II of Craig Moore's Battle Report: Normandy; Tom Garner recalls Edward IV's unbeaten record in the Wars of the Roses; plus all the latest exhibition, book and film reviews.