Only a few copies left! Reprint will be published on December 18th.
We are proud to announce the publication of our latest book, 'Autumn Gale (Herbststurm)', schwere Heeres Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559, Kampfgruppe Chill and the German recovery in the autumn of 1944. Text is by Jack Didden, lay-out and illustrations are by Maarten Swarts.
Publication date: 6 September 2013.
The title is rather a mouthful, but then so is the book. At a 550-pages (full-colour) it is a truly momentous study based on Allied, German and Dutch records, many of which have never been looked into before. It paints a vivid picture of how a small battle group slowed the Allied momentum at a crucial stage of the war. After the collapse of the German front in France the end of the war in Europe seemed within grasp, but the German recovery, dashed the Allied hopes. 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. For the first time in a publication the real facts and details can be given about:
The trying campaigns fought by British XII Corps in September and October (53rd Welsh, 51st Highland, 15th Scottish and 7th Armoured Divisions).
The equally hard campaigns fought by British I Corps in September and October (49th West Riding, Canadian 4th Armoured, 2nd Canadian, 104th US Infantry and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions).
The great majority of the photographs (more than 800!) has never been published before and the maps are based on the original wartime ordnance survey maps, again in full-colour.
Retail price for this bulky book is set at 65 Euros (88 US Dollars).
Hardcover: 550 pages
Publisher: De Zwaardvisch (2013)
Product Dimensions: 22 x 28 x 4.5 cm