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Byline: Dave Morton Nostalgia Editor

NEXT Monday and Tuesday marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most important yet often ignored campaigns of World War II.

e two operations which took place on March 23 and 24, 1945, featured troops from the United States, Canada and Britain, including many from the North East.

Seven decades after Operations Plunder and Varsity, Second World War veteran Patrick Delaforce has written the most comprehensive and gripping personal account of the action yet published.

Operation Plunder is Try our Try our Newcastle picture See Operation Plunder is famous as the swansong of Field Marshal Bernard Mont-gomery, but it is often mistakenly dismissed by American and British military historians as an ultra-cautious manoeuvre. Monty was a cautious commander by nature, and his manpower resources were dwindling In September 1944, Operation Market Garden had not been successful in achieving a major footing over the Rhine.

Monty knew that Hitler regarded the Rhine as his last line of defence, and his storm-troopers and paratroopers had fought like demons to defend the Siegfried Line in February and March, 1945.

Against the odds, Monty devised an onslaught comprised of British, Canadian, and American troops, and his careful planning (including a huge airborne drop, Operation Varsity) ensured the assault was quick, ruthless, and highly successful.

e British forces comprised soldiers from all over the United Kingdom, including Tyneside, Northumberland and County Durham, coming together to deliver one of the most daring attacks of the war.

Patrick Delaforce fought in Blockbuster, Plunder, and all the river battles, and was wounded in Holland and again in Germany.

His armoured group reached the Danish frontier just before Stalin's Cossacks.

his ninety-Now in his ninetysecond year, Delaforce NOSTALGIA 1990s 1990s United quiz sport presents On - slaught on Hitler's Rhine, his second in a trilogy of works published by Fonthill about key campaigns during the Second World War.

is account of Operations Plunder and Varsity provides a fresh take on a key turning point in Hitler's downfall and the triumph of the Allies.

Accompanying the text are nearly 200 rare photographs, including a remarkable image in which Winston Churchill, Sir Alan Brook, and Bernard Montgomery are having a picnic on Hitler's side of the Rhine after the successful assault.

Onslaught On Hitler's |Rhine by Patrick Delaforce is published next ursday, March 26, by Fonthill.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2015
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