Cinderella Operation: The Battle for Walcheren 1944 - Gerald RawlingLondon: Cassell, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “The Island of Walcheren is not a name that features heavily in histories dealing with the reconquest of Europe — the Normandy breakout battles, Arnhem, and the Battle of the Bulge all tend to overshadow it. After the successful reoccupation of France in 1944, however, and with the Allied armies advancing upon the Saar and the heartland of Germany, it became crucial to capture the port of Antwerp to relieve the problems caused by hugely overstretched supply lines fed from the Normandy beachheads. The key to Antwerp was Walcheren.
Antwerp and its only access from the North Sea, the Scheldt estuary, were virtual fortresses; their capture involved some of the heaviest fighting of the war. Here British and Canadian troops, starved of vital supplies, distinguished themselves outstandingly, and here, too, was the setting for one of the Navy’s most gallant actions. In this study of the forgotten ‘Cinderella Operation’, Gerald Rawling brilliantly reconstructs the battle for Walcheren, from the initial bitterly opposed amphibious landings to the final victory. Thought-provoking, and sometimes deeply moving, this book begs us to reassess a most important, though largely unheralded, campaign of the Second World War.”