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

By Stephen L. Wright

Brand: Stackpole Books
Hardcover (336 pages)

The Last Drop: 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
Hardcover (240 pages)

Onslaught on Hitler’s Rhine: Operations Plunder and Varsity March 1945
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Operation Plunder was Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's swan song. It is rarely mentioned in the Second World War history books, and when it is, both American and British military historians dismiss it as being ultra-cautious. Monty was by nature a cautious commander with dwindling manpower resources. Operation Market Garden in September 1944 had not been successful in achieving a major lodgment over the Rhine. Monty knew that Hitler regarded the Rhine as his final barrier, and his storm-troopers and paratroops had fought like demons for four weeks in February/March 1945 defending the Siegfried Line in Operations Veritable and Blockbuster. Presumably they would continue to defend their own country to the bitter end. So, in command of a British, a Canadian and an American army Monty ensured by very careful planning, including a huge airborne drop in Operation Varsity, that the great onslaught would be furious, quick, ruthless and highly successful. And so it was. Patrick Delaforce fought in Blockbuster, Plunder and all the river battles in his armored battle group, which reached the Danish frontier just before Stalin's Cossacks. The book is part of a Fonthill trilogy by Delaforce: Monty's Rhine Adventure (Market Garden); and Invasion of the Third Reich (the campaign after Plunder).

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."

Varsity Blues

By Jon Baker

Pocket Books
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Varsity Blues
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Jonathan Moxon is a backup quarterback on the West Canaan Coyotes, a high-school team steamrolling toward another perfect season. But when a terrible injury sidelines the Coyote's marquee player, Mox suddenly finds himself in the spotlight - and in the unrelenting sights of coach Bud Kilmer.

A Sting in the Tale

By Roy Clements

Inter-Varsity Press
Paperback (160 pages)

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Roy Clements takes a look at some of Jesus' tales from the gospel of Luke, with an eye to their relevance for today.

First Year Varsity: Time Spent in the Lost and Found

By Mary Marino

Mary Marino
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

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

By Tim Saunders

Pen and Sword
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.

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

By Andrew Rawson

Leo Cooper Ltd
Paperback (172 pages)

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"

David of King's

By E. F. Benson

Benson E F Paterson Craig
Paperback (300 pages)

David of King s
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David of King's is E.F. Benson's witty and well-observed novel of varsity life set at King's College, Cambridge during the early part of the 20th century. The novel was first published in 1924 when Benson was in his later fifties. The work was penned by Benson because of the success he had enjoyed with David Blaize, his schoolboy novel, first published in 1916. David of King's takes off where David Blaize ends. The novel covers three years of Blaize's undergraduate life. Enjoy more tales of Blaize and his different friendships with Maddox and Bags as they live and learn together as King'smen. David of King's is, above all, a "jolly enjoyable" read. Benson tells an absorbing story and he draws the reader into the cultural and social world of Blaize at King's College and more generally of Cambridge University. His stories of Blaize's encounters with colourful and eccentric dons--A.G. and Mr. Crowfoot--based on the real life characters O.B. (Oscar Browning) and Mr. J.E. Nixon--are absolute gems of affectionate humour and should not be missed. This Viewforth Classic edition is a newly prepared and corrected version of the original text. Edited, with introduction and notes, by Dr. Craig Paterson. Previously published by Viewforth Press: David Blaize, 2010 (ISBN: 1453763104)

Operation Plunder & Varsity: The British and Canadian Operations (Battleground The Rhine Crossing)

By Tim Saunders

Pen Sword Military
Paperback (192 pages)

Operation Plunder & Varsity: The British and Canadian Operations (Battleground The Rhine Crossing)
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By late March 1945, Second British Army and Ninth US Army were poised to carry out an assault crossing of the Rhine. In the British part of the operations, Montgomery’s best assault divisions were assembled to carry out the British and Canadian part of the attack between Emmerich and Wesel. A commando brigade and two Scottish divisions carried out the initial assault under cover of darkness and a tremendous bombardment on the evening of 23rd March. Despite the best efforts of the German first Parachute Army they had established a bridgehead by dawn. During the following morning 6th British Airborne Division dropped around Hamminkeln, in the immediate rear of the Germans, in an operation codenamed VARSITY. By 27 March, after some heavy combat, the Allies were prepared to launch their final drive to the Baltic. The Rhine crossing, though by no means the final battle, sealed the fate of Nazi Germany.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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