A Sapper with the Eight Army tells the story of one of the greatest engineering feats of the war...of how the man who became known as the “water bloke” to the entire British Army in Africa delivered precious drinking water from the Nile over the shell-ridden wastes of the desert. An engrossing sidelight on the brilliant campaign that cleared the way for the invasion of Europe.
“But When It Comes To Slaughter
You’ll Do Your Work On Water”
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 lodgement 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 armoured 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).
Illustrations: 194 black-and-white photographs and maps