World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (West): History in the Air

Rough-&-ready Lieut. General Lewis Hyde Brereton had fidgeted for weeks waiting for the moment to arrive. Seventeen times since his small-scale assists on D-day he had drawn up the detail of tactics for a historic stroke: the parachuting of an Allied army, a force of truly army size, capable of fighting on its own, behind the German lines. Seventeen times he had scrapped the plans: the Allied ground forces had advanced so swiftly that his First Allied Airborne Army was not needed.

This week the 18th plan went through. In scope it was unprecedented. In operation it was smooth and...

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