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.