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Colossal cracks : Montgomery's 21st Army Group in Northwest Europe, 1944-45

Author: S Hart
Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 2007.
Series: Stackpole military history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed., pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"A re-interpretation of the British Army's conduct in the crucial 1944-45 Northwest Europe campaign, this work examines the "Colossal Cracks" operational technique employed by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's Anglo-Canadian 21st Army Group. Rooted in concerns about morale and casualties, "Colossal Cracks" was a cautious, firepower-laden approach that involved the concentration of massive force at points of German  Read more...
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Named Person: Bernard Law Montgomery Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount; Bernard Law Montgomery Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S Hart
ISBN: 9780811733830 0811733831
OCLC Number: 70698935
Notes: Originally published: Westport, CT. : Praeger, 2000, under the title: Montgomery and "colossal cracks."
Description: xiii, 231 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The maintenance of morale --
Casualty conservation --
Colossal cracks I: the set-piece battle --
Colossal cracks II: the other elements --
Dempsey and the Second British Army --
Crerar and the First Canadian Army --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Stackpole military history series.
Other Titles: Montgomery and "colossal cracks"
Responsibility: Stephen Ashley Hart.
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"A re-interpretation of the British Army's conduct in the crucial 1944-45 Northwest Europe campaign, this work examines the "Colossal Cracks" operational technique employed by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's Anglo-Canadian 21st Army Group. Rooted in concerns about morale and casualties, "Colossal Cracks" was a cautious, firepower-laden approach that involved the concentration of massive force at points of German weakness. Hart argues that Montgomery and his two senior subordinates handled this formation more effectively than some scholars have suggested and that "Colossal Cracks" represented the most appropriate weapon the British Army could develop under the circumstances."--Global Books in Print.

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