A MAGNIFICENT DISASTER - The Failure of Market Garden, The Arnhem Operation, September 1944.
Casemate, 2011, paperback, xviii, 286pp, 16pp half tone photo ills., maps in text, large format (9 x 6 inches approx.), half tone photo pictorial montage wrappers, described as a groundbreaking work which covers the overall strategy more thoroughly than previous works, this is a re-examination of the largest airborne assault in history, Operation Market Garden, when three airborne divisions, the British 1st and the US 2nd and 101st, were dropped across Holland to seize a series of bridges and force a bridgehead across the Rhine, bringing the end of WW2 closer, in principal a good plan but in the detail allowance was not built in for error or the unpredictablility of war with the result that valiant men were ill served and died needlessly, relating some uncomfortable truths about the limitations of the commanders and the appalling treatment of the Polish General Sosabowski, fine,
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Keywords: war ww2 arnhem airborne parachute campaign market garden holland bridges browning urquhart clark montgomery brereton sosabowski horrocks dempsey gavin