The silent attack
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 06/12/2016
During WWII bridges of all sizes were considered invaluable to operational manoeuvring. Some were seized with such speed that modern military planners cannot believe the times involved. This work looks at the capture of the vital bridges across the Albert Canal in Belgium. The operation is often overshadowed by the daring operation to capture the fort of Eben Emael, but for their capture the follow-on ground forces would have been delayed. Beginning with a concept idea for developing gliders large enough to carry troops through experiments and combat experience gained during the Spanish Civil War the whole plan came together bit by bit.
Using eye-witness accounts, diaries and other resources the authors have written a history which completes the overall operation which showed how gliders could be used. The success of the operation also influenced Allied military planners for Normandy and Arnhem.