Arnhem Defeat and Glory a Miniaturist Perspective

Arnhem: Defeat and Glory - a Miniaturist Perspective
G.S.W. DeLillio
Schiffer Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 0-7643-1443-2
Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Illustrations: over 110 color photos, charts, diagrams, maps
Pages: 160 pages

Price: US$35.00

hard cover

In Guy DeLillio's article in Military Modelling last year, (Vol.31 No.13) which described the building of his extensive 1:76 scale diorama about Operation Market Garden, it was mentioned that a book would be produced - this is it!

Operation Market Garden was the not totally successful Allied invasion of Germany over the Belgium Dutch frontier, the 'single thrust to end the war,' unfortunately ground to a halt with the British airborne units defending their positions at 'the bridge' in Arnhem against overwhelming odds.
The author's four-page article in Mil Mod barely scratched the surface of the historical background or the sheer amount of modelling and hard work needed to produce everything in miniature. Where the author concentrated on discussing the modelling aspect of his diorama in the magazine, the book's text concerns itself exclusively with the history of the campaign, and the finished work is unusual in its concept, using colour photographs of the model scenarios to illustrate the chapters. It's been done before in a similar vein, but not on this scale and this one certainly lives up to its title description - a Miniaturist Perspective. Maps and organization charts, the British have Arm of Service markings included for units, back up the lucid text and the pictures of the models. It is a well-produced book, showing nice design and, I think, is unique, in its approach covering a famous Second World War action. The author has done a magnificent job of weaving it all together - the historical text and models and the end result is very good. Highly recommended.
Ken Jones



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