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Arnhem: The Battle for Survival

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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, ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by Viking
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Richard Coady
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Unique insight into the horrors and heroes of war.
Roy Szweda
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww2
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 th
Bryon Adamson
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good , they were the bravest of the brave. The Dutch suffered so badly for this parachute drop.
Kazimiera pendrey
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
alright here goes...I liked it...hard to get into,what I did like was what happened to the town of Arnhem afterwards.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, it gives you a real insight into the men and women caught up in the action in and around Arnhem!
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