Being more of an Eastern Front book collector I came across this title purely by accident one day, and after reading the narrative for it I thought this might be an interesting title, I was not wrong.
The book covers the actions in Northern Belgium and Southern Holland in autumn 1944, and at 550 pages it is a huge (and heavy) study in which the authors have used Allied, German and Dutch records.
Printed without a dust cover (which I tend to find gets damaged more as you use it for reference anyway) on semi gloss paper the book is a real gem to read, great colour maps (which are based on the original wartime ordnance survey maps) and over 800 photographs many never seen before, of which are of exceptional quality.
As the books advertisement states "The story really begins with the capture of Antwerp on 4 September 1944 and then goes on to describe in full detail the various engagements in Northern Belgium (Merksem, Beringen, Hechtel, Geel, Ten Aard), the capture of Joe's Bridge, operation Market Garden (focusing on Hell's Highway), including the armoured battles near Son and Veghel. Next the battles for Breda, Bergen op Zoom and 's-Hertogenbosch are discussed, including the armoured engagements that took place near Wuustwezel, Roosendaal and Raamsdonk, until the final withdrawal of the 15. Armee behind the river Maas in early November"
Covered in the book are =
How crucial was the role played by Kampfgruppe Chill
The exact composition of Kampfgruppe Walther during Market Garden
The various Sturmgeschütz units involved
The true composition and actions during this period of the Fallschirmjäger units employed
What influence the Allied Second Tactical Air Force had on the land campaign
And the vital contribution of the Kriegsmarine
Of interest is the coverage of schwere Heeres Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559, the second unit equipped with the Jagdpanther (after schwere Heeres Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654) of which there are copious amounts of photos of these armoured beasts many of them knocked out. Also shown are Allied armour, various commanders, battle terrain and more.
There is a good bibliography, Appendices, comprehensive end notes and a conclusions chapter on Kampfgruppe Chill.
It is easy to read, eye catching and the story is told from either side to give a balanced account of the action, a great book which will no doubt go up in price in the years to come, and too the authors keep up the good work as I look forward to your next offering.