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. ” Buy now on Amazon
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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“With devastating command of his subject, Antony Beevor shows how one commander’s hubris destroyed an army. This is not a tale of heroes, although heroes are present. It’s a story about the ugliness of war... No one beats Beevor at recreating the bewildering cacophony of war.” The Times History Book of the Year
“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 Read More
United Kingdom Viking Penguin
United States Viking Penguin
Sweden Historiska Media
Denmark Lindhart og Ringhof
Norway Cappeln Damm
Germany C. Bertelsmann
Netherlands Ambo Anthos
China SSAP (Social Sciences Academic Press)