HQ British Army of the Rhine, Germany, FIRST EDITION, December 1947. Xii + 142 pp., + 11 photo-plates, 17 large coloured & folding maps bound in + 1 facsimile air photo in rear pocket + 2 folding diagrams. Re-cased retaining original maroon cloth ; gilt ; with new e.p.'s & pocket ; 34 x 21cm. 1 map lacking from rear pocket ; some light marking & wear to covers o/w V.G. Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, compiled Battlefield Tours during 1947 covering operations in the Campaign in North-West Europe (June 1944 ' May 1945). This volume describes the operations of 12 British Corps of Second British Army crossing the River Rhine on 23, 24 and 25 March 1945, known as Operation Plunder. It is especially concerned with the part played by 15 (Scottish) Division in these operations on 24 and 25 March, and the Air Operations connected therewith. Battlefield Tours of Operations Veritable, Plunder and Varsity were prepared to provide material for the study of operations of a different character and under different conditions from the Normandy battles which were the subject of the British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour in June 1947. Operations Plunder and Varsity are complementary to each other and should ideally be studied together. They include the personal accounts of Army and Royal Air Force officers who took part in Operations Plunder and Varsity. These personal accounts introduce, as far as this is possible, the atmosphere of war. This is the Directing Staff Edition that contains an additional section to the Spectator's Edition, Personal Accounts of Actions for Study, specifically written for staff directing the operation. In war, without full possession of all the information and the knowledge of hindsight, the situation is rarely clear, and actions must be considered in the light of the situation as it was known to commanders at the time. The view of the commander on the spot in each of the various situations is supplied in the personal accounts. Bound in maroon cloth, only 150 copies of this edition were ever printed. No more than 550 other copies were printed for the Spectator's Edition (See Item No. 281 below) This Restricted First Edition contains seventeen large, folding and coloured maps two folding diagrams and one facsimile air photo. VERY SCARCE & important.