The Great Mistake
The Battle for Antwerp and the Beveland Peninsula, September 1944Book - 2004
Independent Publishing Group
Instead, the war was to continue for another nine months. Inefficient command structures, conflicts between Allied commanders and differing American and British military cultures all contributed to a huge missed opportunity, in what historians describe as 'The Great Mistake'. Second World War veteran Peter Beale examines the background, considers the actions taken and forgone between 4 and 26 September, and reviews their effects on subsequent operations. Supporting his account with maps and archive photographs, he draws on official war diaries, unit histories and personal recollections to assess what really happened in 'The Great Mistake'.