Delaforce, Patrick.


2nd ed., 2000. 240 pp., numerous photo-ills., maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. A slight wave to pages & mottling to edges o/w V.G.+ This is a detailed account of Field Marshal Montgomery's Highland Division during the Second World War. They fought gallantly in Africa, played a leading part in Sicily and endured the strenuous campaign from Normandy to the Rhine. Along the way the 51st took in a number of important battles including El Alamein, Medenine, Mareth, Wadi Akarit, then to Algeria and the Battles of Vizzini and Francoforte in Operation Husky, then Sferro and Gerbini on the Catalini Plain, followed by the Battle of the Sferro Hills, and finally into North-west Europe with the Normandy Bridgehead and the Normandy Breakout ' Operation Totalise ' then Operation Astonia: Capture of Le Havre, Operation Colin, Operation Guy Fawkes, Operations Ascot, Operation Noah, The Ardennes, Operation Veritable, the Rhine Crossing, and Operation Eclipse until finally achieving Victory in Europe. In all, the 51st Highlanders were the only infantry Division in the armies of the British Empire to accompany Field Marshal Montgomery during the whole of the long march from Alamein to Berlin and he deservedly boasts that they 'never once put a foot wrong'.

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