Abundance of Valor: Resistance, Liberation, and Survival: 1944-45

Abundance of Valor: Resistance, Liberation, and Survival: 1944-45

by Will Irwin, Michael Prichard
     
 

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The operation known as "Market Garden"-made famous in the book and film A Bridge Too Far-was the largest airborne assault in history up to that time. A high-risk Allied invasion of enemy territory that has become a legend of World War II, it still invites criticism from historians. Now a thrilling and revelatory new book re-creates the operation as never

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The operation known as "Market Garden"-made famous in the book and film A Bridge Too Far-was the largest airborne assault in history up to that time. A high-risk Allied invasion of enemy territory that has become a legend of World War II, it still invites criticism from historians. Now a thrilling and revelatory new book re-creates the operation as never before, revealing for the first time the full adventures of the bold "Jedburgh" paratroopers whose exploits were almost unimaginably risky and heroic. Kicked off on September 17, 1944, Market Garden was intended to secure crucial bridges in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands by a parachute assault conducted by three Allied airborne divisions. Capture of the bridges would allow a swift advance and crossing of the Rhine by British ground forces. Jedburgh teams-Allied Special Forces-were dropped into the Netherlands to train and use the Dutch resistance in support of the larger operation. Based on new firsthand testimony of survivors and declassified documents, Abundance of Valor concentrates on the three teams that operated farthest behind enemy lines, the nine men whose treacherous missions resulted in deaths, captures, and hair-breadth escapes. Here in unprecedented detail are the heat and stench of fuel, oil, and sweat in the troop carriers going over; the remarkable (and misleading) initial success of the daylight parachute landings; and the deadly, brutally effective German response, particularly by crack SS armored units in the blood-soaked town of Arnhem. Abundance of Valor portrays with stunning verisimilitude the experiences of Lieutenant Harvey Allan Todd, who fought from a surrounded position against overwhelming numbers of the enemy before surviving capture, near starvation, interrogation, and solitary confinement in German POW camps, and Major John "Pappy" Olmsted, who made a hazardous journey, in disguise, from safe house to safe house through enemy territory until finally reaching friendly lines. With piercing criticism of the mission's ultimate failure from faulty use of intelligence-and Field Marshall Montgomery's distrust of the Dutch underground-Abundance of Valor is a brutally honest and truly inspiring account of fighting men in a noble cause who did their jobs with extraordinary honor and courage.

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AMERICA IN WWII magazine
“William Irwin is well suited to write about the role of special forces in modern warfare. He draws from his own extensive experience in the US Army Special Forces to provide insight into the subjects of his books. Irwin recounts an exciting adventure. The prose is quick and the personal histories are very compelling. All the elements of good, readable history are here: triumph and tragedy, heroes and villains, the few against the many. Irwin needs no special effects wizardry to weave as captivating story of desperate fights in desperate times.”--(Michael Edwards, University of New Orleans)
From the Publisher
"[Irwin] vividly recounts many varieties of WWII experience.... A collection of well-told war stories." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400114238
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/29/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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From the Publisher
"[Irwin] vividly recounts many varieties of WWII experience.... A collection of well-told war stories." —-Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Will Irwin retired from the United States Army in January 2000 after a career of more than twenty-eight years, half of that in Special Forces. He received a B.A. in history from Methodist College and a master of military arts and sciences degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Michael Prichard has recorded well over five hundred audiobooks and was named one of SmartMoney magazine's Top Ten Golden Voices. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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