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In September 1944, a mighty shock force of battle hardened Allied troops dropped from the skies into enemy-occupied Holland in what was hoped would be the decisive final battle of World War II.Landing miles behind the German lines, their daring mission was to secure bridges across the Rhine so that ground forces could make a rapid dash into Nazi Germany. If all went well,In September 1944, a mighty shock force of battle hardened Allied troops dropped from the skies into enemy-occupied Holland in what was hoped would be the decisive final battle of World War II.Landing miles behind the German lines, their daring mission was to secure bridges across the Rhine so that ground forces could make a rapid dash into Nazi Germany. If all went well, the war could be over by Christmas.But what many trusted would be a simple operation turned into a brutal losing battle. Of 12,000 British airborne soldiers, 1,500 died and 6,000 were taken prisoner. The vital bridge at Arnhem they had come to capture stayed resolutely in German hands.But though this was a bitter military defeat for the Allies, beneath the humiliation was another story - of heroism and self-sacrifice, gallantry and survival, guts and determination unbroken in the face of impossible odds.In the two-thirds of a century that have passed since then, historians have endlessly analysed what went wrong and squabbled over who was to blame. Lost in the process was that other Arnhem story - the triumph of the human spirit, as seen through the dramatic first-hand accounts of those who were there, in the cauldron, fighting for their lives, fighting for their comrades, fighting for their honour, a battle they won hands down....

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ISBN : 9780670918881
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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  • Richard Coady
    2018-10-31 07:53

    A fascinating and at times heart-rending account of one of the biggest Allied disasters of WWII, written by a man who understands war (John Nichol was one of the pilot prisoners of war paraded before the TV cameras by Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War). I couldn't put this book down.

  • Andrew
    2018-11-06 13:07

    Gripping read about awesome stamina and bravery, full of horrific detail, but the last chapter is the best. It tells how the media and politicians made a defeat appear like a victory and how the most brainy (but ignored) of the military commanders, involved in the operation, was fired because a scapegoat was needed to cover incompetence of others.

  • Shaun Major
    2018-11-04 12:18

    Chops & changes in its chronology a little too much but it is greatly enriched by its use of first hand accounts - especially of the Dutch civilians trapped inside Arnhem and Oosterbeek.

  • rhodeswarrior
    2018-10-25 12:05

    Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Unique insight into the horrors and heroes of war.

  • Roy Szweda
    2018-10-13 12:01

    Read this a while ago and after a difficult start I got into it and finished it fairly soon after. There have been many books about this blighted operation. This one offers a good balance of coverage of the participants so the authors are to be commended for having acquired them for posterity. Not sure it makes for easy reading as anyone familiar with how it turned out will know. But if you want tales of remarkable human courage and fortitude then this is essential. It is curious that this is the time when the term "war criminal" came into use. Usually the term is reserved for the enemy but perhaps for Arnhem we can make an exception. From today's perspective it is hard not to see this action's good intentions as being tainted by other factors. Not least was the determination of certain higher ups to have the glory of being first across the Rhine and then into the heartland of Germany. And never mind what it might take in the lives of our soldiers. Their refusal to heed the warnings of experts of the presence of German units "resting" in the vicinity was akin to a war crime in my book. Montgomery has much to answer for as he was its principal architect. But his superiors are no less guilty in my opinion. They should have reigned in his wilder urges and taken a more cautious approach. How ironic when Monty had been of accused of over-caution in some of his actions in North Africa. Maybe this is why he was so headstrong at Arnhem but his gamble failed and brought disaster to the many under his command and not a few of the Dutch people caught up in this mad episode.

  • Bryon Adamson
    2018-10-17 08:52

    A well constructed book of first-hand accounts, telling the tragic story of a hurriedly put together operation. A fascinating insight. I bought it for my dad but have grabbed it back many a time for a read. The end is particularly sad, especially the treatment of the Poles and their general. It wouild be one of my "desert island" books had I time to order any!

  • Piotr
    2018-11-06 05:17

    Excellent book ... not only for a chap, who grew up on Ryan's "A Bridge Too Far" - book and the movie. Painful in it's honesty and accuracy, unbearable at every Polish track.... so even special praise for both authors for presenting them in such amount and detail. Definitely - a class of its own.

  • Michael Hoskins
    2018-11-11 07:49

    I've read to much about American soldiers in the war, and this is an excellent report on the British Tommies' experience. Gritty, in-you-face action with heartfelt memories: you can almost taste the dirt, blood and cordite.

  • Jonathan
    2018-10-27 10:06

    Very good , they were the bravest of the brave. The Dutch suffered so badly for this parachute drop.

  • Kazimiera pendrey
    2018-10-18 08:13

    a reak moving book which tells the story of very brave people caught up in the ridiculouos plan that operation market garden was

  • Alex Taylor
    2018-11-12 10:11

    alright here goes...I liked it...hard to get into,what I did like was what happened to the town of Arnhem afterwards.

  • Jeffrie
    2018-10-14 13:09

    Loved this book, it gives you a real insight into the men and women caught up in the action in and around Arnhem!