On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power.
Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel and lasted until the end of the war.
The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.
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By Amazon Customer on 23-05-18
Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated
For years a lot of shameful nonsense had been written about the role of the Polish brigade and Gen. Sosabowski. In recent years it was the veterans of the British 1st Airborne that led the way in restoring the unfairly tarnished reputation of the General and his men (ironically Sosabowski was at one point asked to lead the division, but refused as he felt it would compromise the potential use of his brigade in Poland). This book does them justice.
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By Mr James Carter on 05-06-18
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having studied Arnhem a little over the years, watched "A Bridge too Far" many times as well, this book really put some meat to the bone. If you have any interest in Market Garden then this book will not disappoint. I note an earlier comment on the accents within the book and personally I found them quite acceptable, just to address some balance there.
I'm going to listen to Stalingrad next.
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By JonathanG on 27-07-18
Well Told Story of The Battle of Arnhem
A major battle of World War 2 which the allies lost for various reasons the book highlights. The plight of the Dutch people during the occupation by German forces and after the batrle is well told. A good book worth reading if you are interested in military matters and this battle.
By per on 09-06-18
Very good description of the battle and background
Very good description of the battle and background with a sprinkel of personal stories.
Not too gory but precise depiction of an sometimes horrifying situation/situasjons.
Good narrator, quite dry but likable good and precise.