Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944

“Antony Beevor, using many overlooked and new sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of this epic clash. 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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Synopsis

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany’s parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aero engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the vast 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 the greatest demonstration of paratroop power ever seen.

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 the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war.

The British fascination for heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths, not least that victory was possible when in fact the plan imposed by Montgomery and General ‘Boy’ Browning was doomed from the start.

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“Antony Beevor deploys all the qualities in this book that have made him our pre-eminent historian of the Second World War. His seamless narrative effortlessly mixes grand strategy, telling anecdotes and humane sympathy into a gripping, coherent and authoritative whole. ” Times Literary Supplement
“This is a magnificent book . . . like Ian Kershaw, he has an an impressive knack for placing people and events in the overall shift of history.” The Australian
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Publishers
United Kingdom Viking Penguin
United States Viking Penguin
Finland WSOY
Sweden Historiska Media
Denmark Lindhart og Ringhof
France Calmann-Lévy
Norway Cappeln Damm
Germany C. Bertelsmann
Netherlands Ambo Anthos
Portugal Bertrand
Spain Critica
Greece Govostis
Hungary Gold
China SSAP (Social Sciences Academic Press)
Italy Rizzoli
Russia Azbooka-Atticus