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Arnhem: Operation Market Garden, September…

Arnhem: Operation "Market Garden", September 1944

by Lloyd Clark

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Operation 'Market Garden' was the largest airborne operation in history and its aim was to end the war in Europe by Christmas 1944. On 17 September, twenty-thousand men were dropped behind enemy lines to seize a number of vital Rhine bridges in the Netherlands over which the British Second Army would advance. But they had underestimated what the enemy was still capable of achieving, and their advance was blocked by two resolute German SS Panzer divisions. Reinforcement soldiers coming by land, had been delayed by stiff German resistance and bad weather, and were eventually prevented from reaching Arnhem. This resulted in 6,000 British paratroopers being taken prisoner. The two US airborne divisions who also held their ground suffered 3,500 casualties. 'Market Garden' was an utter defeat for the Allies. Lloyd Clark gives a chronological overview of the operation, from its initial conception through to the end of the battle. It emphasizes both parts of the operation from the air and on the ground, as well as the participation from all parties involved - Britain, America and Poland fighting for the Allies, and also the actions of the German defenders. Lavishly illustrated with some 200 archive photographs and paintings, this book sheds new light on what actually happened in Arnhem.

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"Operation Market Garden in September 1944 was the largest airborne operation in history. Its planners hoped to end the European war by Christmas 1944, using airborne formations to seize key bridges in Holland and on the Lower Rhine, over which ground troops would advance into Germany itself. On 17 September, over 35,000 airborne soldiers from three nations prepared to drop in Holland as ground forces raced forward to link up with them. The Allied planners underestimated the strength and tenacity of the German response, however. The execution of the operation was hampered by problems, not least the poor weather and stiff German resistance, and the ground forces failed to break through to Arnhem and to open the door into Germany. The failure of this ambitious operation and the thousands of Allied casualties that resulted have ensured that Market Garden has remained highly controversial. Lloyd Clark is a senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he specialises in the history of airborne warfare and the First World War."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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