Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle, 17-26 September (Penguin history)

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It wasn't until many months later that ground forces captured Arnhem in conventional fighting. It had literally been "a bridge too far". This book consists of interviews, research of British and Polish airborne forces involved in Arnhem, German forces and Dutch civilians caught up in the battle. The book attempts to cover the wider scene of the American airborne landings and the attempt by ground forces to reach Arnhem.

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The subject of Middlebrook's thirteenth outstanding book is the same battle Cornelius Ryan treated more broadly in his best-seller A Bridge Too Far. Middlebrook's focus is tighter, though--almost entirely on the British airborne troops who landed at the far end of the Allied thrust and became mostly casualties but also on the Dutch who helped and then suffered with them. Within this framework, Middlebrook has done as well as ever, following his usual practice of weaving printed sources and a mass of interviews into a seamless narrative in which both vivid personal experiences and the technicalities of the background are brought out so as to be accessible to just about any level of readership. Middlebrook says this invaluable companion to Ryan's Bridge may be his last book; any serious lover of military history will hope otherwise. Roland Green

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