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By William Green

ISBN-10: 0710600607

ISBN-13: 9780710600608

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Similarly, the desert veterans of 51st Highland Division, who had been criticised for their poor performance in Normandy and, for a while, labelled as one of the ‘non fighting divisions’, had been restored to their former level of performance and determination to win, largely by its new commander Major General Thomas Rennie. The worst of the infantry manpower crisis of the autumn had also passed. Men were ruthlessly combed out of units in the UK that were now largely redundant. The organisations that bore the brunt of this process were typically, those who earlier in the war provided Britain with her air defence.

As Eisenhower wrote, with the benefit of hindsight ‘... the enemy was now in no condition to hold fast in the defended line to which he had been compelled to retreat’. The end indeed would not be long in coming but the Rhine and the heavily defended Ruhr would first have to be overcome to knock Germany out of the war. Second British Army At the end of Operation VERITABLE, after nine months of active campaigning, the British Army that had crossed the German border and was about to take part in the last major Allied offensive of the war, was very different from the army that had landed in Normandy.

And] ... the quickest means of denying the Germans the vital Ruhr industries’. Material and stores of all natures flowed into the newly opened Number 10 Army Road Head, which was sited in the wrecked country of the former Operation VERITABLE battle area. Second Army’s report explained: From the administrative point of view, the build up of the colossal tonnages of ammunition and engineer stores presented an even greater difficulty. The only access to the area between the rivers [Maas and Rhine] lay through First Canadian Army area and over the extremely poor road system about the Reichswald Forest.

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