1st Edition HB 2008
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in 2008 by "Casemate". Printer N/K.
Written by David Bennett.
In this work, many years in the making, Professor Bennett puts forward a complete,
balanced and comprehensive account of the British, American, Polish, Canadian
and German actions, as well as the strategic background of the Operation in a
way not yet done. He shows, for example, that rather than a bridgehead over the Rhine,
Montgomery's ultimate aim was to flank the Ruhr industrial area from the north.
The book also deals as never before with the key role of all three Corps of British
Second Army, not just Horrocks' central XXX Corps. For the first time, we learn
the dramatic, untold story of how a single company of Canadian engineers achieved
the evacuation of 1st Airborne's survivors back across the Rhine when all other
efforts had failed. Also revealed is the scandal of how Polish General Sosabowski
was humiliated, insulted and dismissed by the mendacious hostility of the British
military authorities. And the book shows, too, how the Operation would have failed
at the outset but for the brilliant soldiery of the two American airborne divisions
who overcame a variety of odds to achieve their objectives.
David Bennett was educated at Christ's Hospital School and Sidney Sussex
College Cambridge, where he took history and philosophy. He holds a PhD
in philosophy from McGill University. He spent much of his working life in the
labor movement, ending his career in 2006 as National Director of Health, Safety
and Environment at the Canadian Labour Congress. He is widely published in the
areas of workplace health and environmental protection and has published several
articles, op-ed pieces and reviews on the Second World War. "A Magnificent Disaster"
is his first full-length work. He lives in Ottawa with the novelist and anthropologist
Jo Anne Williams Bennett; they have three grown children, Russell, Christen and Jonathan.