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Last Drop, The: Operation Varsity, March 24-25, 1945

By Stephen L. Wright

Brand: Stackpole Books
Hardcover (336 pages)

Last Drop, The: Operation Varsity, March 24-25, 1945
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Operation Varsity was the last major airborne offensive of World War II and remains the largest and most successful single-lift drop in history. Conducted by the British 6th and the American 17th Airborne Divisions, the goal of the operation was to cross the Rhine River and gain a foothold in Germany. Drawing on war diaries, unit histories, after-action reports, and interviews with veterans, The Last Drop details the horrors of parachuting through flak-filled skies, the dangers of piloting a glider safely to the ground, and the struggles of infantry combat, and shows how thorough training, extensive planning, solid execution, and sheer guts combined to make Operation Varsity a stunning victory.

Onslaught on Hitler's Rhine: Operations Plunder and Varsity, March 1945

By Patrick Delaforce

Fonthill Media
Released: 2015-03-14
Kindle Edition (240 pages)

Onslaught on Hitler s Rhine: Operations Plunder and Varsity, March 1945
 
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** This electronic edition includes 190 black-and-white photographs **

Beginning on the night of 23 March 1945, Operation Plunder was the crossing of the River Rhine at Rees, Wesel, and south of the Lippe River by the British 2nd Army, under Lieutenant-General Miles Dempsey. At 17:00, 1,300 guns of the 21st Army Group unleashed a terrific bombardment of the east bank of the Rhine. The bombardment, continuing for four hours and was the largest undertaken by the Royal Artillery during the War. This was just the first phase of Montgomery s plan to cross Hitler s last obstacle to the attacking forces of the Western Allies the River Rhine. The plans were broken into smaller operations, Turnscrew a diversion ten miles to the north of where the main attack was to take place with the assault elements of the 51st (Highland) Division and 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade; Widgeon a subordinate operation by 1st Commando Brigade to capture and hold Wesel; and Torchlight the second major operation for 15th Scottish Division to capture the key area between Bislich and Rees. A fourth and controversial component with the benefit of hindsight was Operation Varsity consisting of the British 6th Airborne Division and the US 17th Airborne Division, conducting parachute landings on the east bank in support of the operation. The American and Canadian forces south and north of Plunder were part of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery s huge army. This was part of a coordinated set of Rhine crossings and the race to the Baltic.

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440th Troop Carrier Group in Operation Varsity: 24 March 1945 (US Airborne Troop Carrier in Operation Varsity) (Volume 1)

By Hans den Brok

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (116 pages)

440th Troop Carrier Group in Operation Varsity: 24 March 1945 (US Airborne Troop Carrier in Operation Varsity) (Volume 1)
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A detailed account of the 440th Troop Carrier Group during the latest Airborne Operation in europe during WW2, operation Varsity.

Air War Varsity

By Martin W Bowman

Pen and Sword
Released: 2017-12-05
Hardcover (256 pages)

Air War Varsity
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Here, Martin Bowman brings us the first book on Operation Varsity to include both British and US air and ground operations, as well as the US, British and Canadian paratroop and resupply missions, all presented together in one ambitious volume.

Operation ‘Varsity-Plunder’, the last large-scale Allied airborne operation of World War II, was certainly no walk-over. ‘Varsity’ was the airborne part, whilst ‘Plunder’ represented the British amphibious operations by the British Second Army.

The airlift consisted of 541 transport aircraft containing airborne troops and a further 1,050 troop-carriers towing 1,350 gliders. The American 17th Airborne Division’s C-46 Commando transports and Waco gliders joined the British 6th Airborne Division C-54s, C-47 transport aircrafts, Horsas and Hamilcar gliders to form an immense armada that stretched for more than 200 miles across the sky. The successful air attack involved more than 10,000 Allied aircraft and was concentrated primarily on Luftwaffe airfields and the German transportation system.

The combination of the two divisions in one lift made this the largest single day airborne drop in history. In this impressive account, Martin Bowman weaves firsthand testimony and a compelling historical narrative together with a variety of photographic illustrations, many of which have never been published before, in order to create a complete and fascinating record of events as they played out in March 1945.

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Onslaught on Hitler's Rhine: Operations Plunder and Varsity March 1945 by Patrick Delaforce (2015-07-19)

By Patrick Delaforce

Fonthill Media
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Onslaught on Hitler s Rhine: Operations Plunder and Varsity March 1945 by Patrick Delaforce (2015-07-19)
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A Paratrooper's Panoramic View: Training with the 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion for Operation Varsity's 'Rhine Jump' with the 17th Airborne Division

By Philip Wilson

Brand: AuthorHouse
Paperback (244 pages)

A Paratrooper s Panoramic View: Training with the 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion for Operation Varsity s  Rhine Jump  with the 17th Airborne Division
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At 10:00 AM on March 24, 1945, a literal "sky train" of two and one-half hours in length flew in 226 C-47 and 72 C-46 transport planes carrying 17,122 paratroopers together with 906 gliders being pulled by 610 C-47 tow planes. Paratrooper Robert L. Wilson jumped from the lead serial of planes in this largest airborne assault in military history. He landed in the designated drop zone near Wesel. There, with others in "Branigan's Bastard Battalion," - the 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion - he made history as part of the first artillery airborne outfit to land, reassemble, and fire their howitzer's east of the Rhine River. Field Marshall Montgomery, who had elaborately orchestrated this airborne assault, gathered Prime Minister Churchill together with Generals Eisenhower, Ridgway, and Brereton on the western bank of the Rhine to watch the air spectacle unfold. The objectives of this airborne assault - Operation Varsity - were achieved predominantly through the efforts of the U.S. 17th and British 6th Airborne Divisions. These troopers closed in along the Rhine all along its length to prevent any German stronghold from being secured on its bank. They later thrust across Germany's northern plains en route to Berlin. In sum, Varsity's success accelerated the Nazi collapse. A Paratrooper's Panoramic View provides readers a historical perspective of Varsity from one of the Operation's participants. In it, Wilson vividly recounts the attractions of the airborne during the early days of Army parachute training. From entering Ft. Benning's Parachute School in 1943, to Camp Mackall, to Europe's "Cigarette Camps," to the Marshalling Area in Chalons-sur-Marne, France, in March 1945, this book closely follows the preparations that guided this trooper towards the "Rhine Jump."

The Rhine Crossing: Operation VARSITY - 30th and 79th US Divisions and 17th US Airborne Division

By Andrew Rason

Pen and Sword
Released: 2013-08-16
Kindle Edition (172 pages)

The Rhine Crossing: Operation VARSITY - 30th and 79th US Divisions and 17th US Airborne Division
 
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By Spring 1945, with the Russians closing fast on Berlin from the East, the US and British Armies of Patton and Montgomery were faced with one major hurdle, the Rhine. Heavily defended by the Nazis, this obstacle would only be crossed by a massive operation requiring meticulous planning and bold execution.The resulting operation involving 29 divisions was outstandingly successful. This book follows the river crossings by 30th and 79th US Divisions, codenamed Operation FLASHPOINT and the airdrop by 17th US Airborne Division (VARSITY). While covering quite different sectors, this book can be read in conjunction with its sister volumes "Operation Varsity" and "Operation Plunder", by Tim Saunders.

Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II's Largest Airborne Operation and the Final Push into Nazi Germany

By James M. Fenelon

Scribner
Released: 2019-05-21
Hardcover (352 pages)

Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II s Largest Airborne Operation and the Final Push into Nazi Germany
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In this viscerally exciting account, a paratrooper-turned-historian reveals the details of World War II’s largest airborne operation—one that dropped 17,000 Allied paratroopers deep into the heart of Nazi Germany.

On the morning of March 24, 1945, more than two thousand Allied aircraft droned through a cloudless sky toward Germany. Escorted by swarms of darting fighters, the armada of transport planes carried 17,000 troops to be dropped, via parachute and glider, on the far banks of the Rhine River. Four hours later, after what was the war’s largest airdrop, all major objectives had been seized. The invasion smashed Germany’s last line of defense and gutted Hitler’s war machine; the war in Europe ended less than two months later.

Four Hours of Fury follows the 17th Airborne Division as they prepare for Operation Varsity, a campaign that would rival Normandy in scale and become one of the most successful and important of the war. Even as the Third Reich began to implode, it was vital for Allied troops to have direct access into Germany to guarantee victory—the 17th Airborne secured that bridgehead over the River Rhine. And yet their story has until now been relegated to history’s footnotes.

Reminiscent of A Bridge Too Far and Masters of the Air, Four Hours of Fury does for the 17th Airborne what Band of Brothers did for the 101st. It is a captivating, action-packed tale of heroism and triumph spotlighting one of World War II’s most under-chronicled and dangerous operations.

Operation Varsity: The British and Canadian Airborne Crossing of the Rhine (Battleground The Rhine Crossing)

By Tim Saunders

Pen and Sword Aviation
Released: 2008-07-29
Paperback (192 pages)

Operation Varsity: The British and Canadian Airborne Crossing of the Rhine (Battleground The Rhine Crossing)
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In Spring 1945 the outcome of the war was ritually certain but the mighty River Rhine still stood in the way of the Allies. Eisenhower’s strategy was to guarantee a crossing in the Ruhr area by allocating the main effort to Montgomery’s 21st Army Group. Monty’s task was to envelope and take out the last German war production and open the way onto the North German Plain.

On the morning of 24 March 1945 the Normandy veterans of 6th British Airborne Division were to land just three to six miles in front of XII Corps, within supporting distance of their artillery, with the aim of linking up with the ground forces on day one. First in were the two parachute brigades, who benefited from the numbing effect of the Allied bombardment but by the time 6th Airlanding Brigade came in aboard their gliders, the German anti-aircraft gunners were recovering and, on the DZs, resisting and even counter-attacking the British and Canadian paratroopers.

Casualties were heavy, not least because the Airlanding Brigade were gliding in amidst an Armoured kampfgruppe. Despite their presence, the glider infantry of the Ox and Bucks and the Ulster Rifles took their bridges and the Devons fought a desperate battle for the key village of Hammelkeln.

By evening, despite heavy losses, General Bols’s 6th Airborne Division had linked-up with XII Corps, the airborne objectives had been taken and the gateway onto the North German Plain and final victory was open.

First Year Varsity: Time Spent in the Lost and Found

By Mary Marino

Infinity Publishing
Released: 2012-11-05
Paperback (212 pages)

First Year Varsity: Time Spent in the Lost and Found
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Playing varsity isnt always what people imagine. Sometimes the players are so unwelcoming that field hockey player, Jackie McKendry, decides being on JV is much better. That is until

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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