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. the crucial role played by Kampfgruppe Chill;
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 actions and history (Eastern Front) of schwere Heeres Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559, the second unit to be equipped with the ubiquitous Jagdpanther;
the exact composition of Kampfgruppe Walther during Market Garden;
the various Sturmgeschütz units involved (for example, what happened to Sturmgeschützbrigade 280 after its actions at Arnhem);
the true composition and actions during this period (including Market Garden) of the Fallschirmj?ger units employed;
the influence of the Allied Second Tactical Air Force on the land campaign;
the vital contribution of the Kriegsmarine.
The engagements fought by British XXX Corps in September (Guards and 11th Armoured Divisions).
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)