Arnhem : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
by Antony Beevor
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The great air battle for bridges in 1944 by Great Britain was the best-selling historian and author of the Stalingrad classic Number One, on 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany parachuted forces, heard the growing roar of aviation enginesHe went out on his balcony over the flat landscape of the south of Holland to watch the great air armada of Dakota and gliders, the realization of the 1st British Airborne and the Americans of the 101st and 82nd Airborne DivisionsHe watched with envy at the greatest demonstration of power parachutists ever seenOperation Market Garden, the plan at the end of the war in capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans think it exceptionally bold, Marshal MontgomeryBut the cost of failure was horrible, especially for the Dutch, who risked everything to help you.German retaliation was cruel and lasted until the end of the warThe British fascination for heroic failure overshadowed Arnhem’s history in myths, no less than victory was possible, when in fact the regime imposed by Montgomery and General, “Boy” Browning was doomed to failure from the outsetAntony Beevor, with the help of many neglected and new sources of Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, reconstructed the terrible reality of this clash epicYet this book, written in Beevor’s inimitable and captivating story style, is much more than a simple dramatic battleHe looks into the very heart of war
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