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A Street in Arnhem: The Agony of Occupation and Liberation

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In this long-awaited book, Robert Kershaw follows up his best-selling account of Operation Market Garden It Never Snows in September to focus on the experiences of Dutch civilians and British and German soldiers in one street while fighting to survive at the heart of one of the most intense battles of World War II. He tells the story from the perspective of what could be ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 19th 2014 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
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Jonny
"It was a great surprise to me, the whole affair, because when we left here and withdrew across the Rhine the local people had a hell of a winter. Most of them were evacuated from their homes, they had no fuel, a very severe winter, great privation, cold and no food. So we quite expected when we came back that they wouldn't be best pleased to see us; in fact, we didn't expect any cooperation at all. And blow me down, it was a terrific surprise to find that not only were they polite to us, they ...more
Bou
Robert Kershaw follows up on his best-selling account of Operation Market Garden—It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem, September 1944—to focus on the experiences of Dutch civilians and British and German soldiers in one particular street: the Utrechtseweg in Oosterbeek. It is a road I have travelled a great many times, in the full knowledge that here it was where the fiercest fighting took place. After finishing this book however, I will never be ...more
Jeanne Manton
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful companion to It Never Snows in September. As a young child (b.1938) I would watch the newsreels at our local movie theater and wonder what happens to the children with all that war around them. Mr. Kershaw, in addition to documenting the Allies perspective of the battle of Arnhem, gives us the diaries and personal interviews of the people caught in the battle on their street. I felt that I knew them and at times even cried for them as they could not cry for themselves at the time. ...more
Guy
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I have an interest in the Battle of Arnhem as my father fought there. This book is a riveting read as it recounts experiences, many during the battle, of soldiers and civilians who lived on the Utrechtsweg, the main road through Oosterbeek where much of the fighting took place. The book is from many personal viewpoints. Some of the detail of battle is horrific as the Airborne fought like tigers to hang until XXX Corps could relieve them; we get accounts from both sides of the conflict.

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John
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a minute by minute accounting of operation "Market Garden". A real page turner, excelllent.
Louise
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book after travelling the same route on holiday in Holland from Oosterbeek to the bridge at Arnhem. Bought at Airborne Museum.
John
I really enjoyed this book detailing the battles along the 7 kilometers of Utrechtseweg between Oosterbeek and Arnhem during Operation Market-Garden. It is full of detail accounts. The best part is that it is told from British, German and Dutch points of view.

My mother's cousin was glider pilot who drown crossing the Rhine during Operation M-G. Reading this books makes me wonder if he was part of the landings and eventual evacuation cover by this book.
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Born in 1950 and a graduate of Reading University, Robert Kershaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973.

He served numerous regimental appointments until selected to command the 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (10 PARA). He attended the German Staff College (Fuhrungsakademie) spending a further two years with the Bundeswehr as an infantry, airborne and arctic warfare instructor. He speaks
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