The Battle for the Rhine

  • by Robin Neillands
  • Narrated by James Adams
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The post-Normandy battles that the Allies fought as they struggled for seven months to advance from the Seine to the Rhine were complex and controversial. Even after 60 years, the questions remain of who was responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden. Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 with better strategies?Historian Robin Neillands gets to the truth of what really happened. He examines the often difficult relationships between the Allied generals and the nature of Eisenhower's exercise of his role as Supreme Commander. With superb battle narratives throughout and clear analysis of success and failure at every point, the author casts a new and informed light on the long-drawn-out and costly struggle for the Rhine.


What the Critics Say

"Thoroughly researched...Neillands's volume has a place in any collection serving World War II history students and buffs." (Booklist)


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British propaganda

I have purchased literally 100 books from and this is the first review I have written. I felt compelled to comment on this books outrageous inaccuracies and blatant biases. This is more a work of fiction or wishful thinking then an accurate historical text. I am open-minded about the nature of military histories and that there can be several valid points of view, especially sixty years after the fact. I do not want to perpetuate national stereo types but this book is nothing more than anti-American/pro-British propaganda.
This was not an inexpensive purchase and I am regretful that I did not wait to read user reviews before I bought it. There were none available at the time because it was a new release. The author calls American historians pathologically sycophantic to American generalship and its accomplishments. I have known many British military officers and found them mostly realistic about American contribution to the Second World War in all areas of warfare (Logistics, Manpower and Generalship). This author perpetuates the perception that the British suffer delusions of relevancy. They lament the loss of empire and continually admonish the US anti imperial positions.
That said, I will try to be specific about the outrageous claims made by the author. He claims that the British planned Operation Market Garden was a failure because of the 82nd Airbornes failure to capture the key bridge in their assigned sector in a timely manner.
He claims that the British 30th Corp had to lend armor support to the 82nd to complete its assigned objectives. He states that this caused 30th Corp an unnecessary delay which led to the annihilation of the British 1st Airborne division. The amount of armor that assisted the 82nd amounted to a handful of tanks and not the entire Corp (his words). They could have easily pushed on to relive the British 1st Airborne.
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- Jonathan Gardner

Detailed Bias

Having read many historical books about wars (Tuchman, Ambrose, Davies, to name a few authors) I have to comment that while the details of offensives were quite enjoyable, I found the haranging and complaining throughout to be tiresome and weary.

The author has chosen this book to defend Montgomery, attack Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley and to explain multiple times that the US was not the only army that fought on the Allied side in WWII. His tone is whiny and grating.

I did enjoy the detailed insight into the Market Garden, Antwerp and Scheldt offenses and the forest east of Achen quite interesting.

I love military history without all the undertones of bitterness.
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- Plimtuna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.