Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle

Overview

  • Exciting overview of the World War II battle made famous by the classic movie and book A Bridge Too Far
  • Boots-on-the-ground story of British paratroopers fighting off Germans in Holland during Operation Market Garden
  • Masterly analysis of why the operation failed
  • Draws from the personal experiences of more than 500 participants
  • Written by an...
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Overview

  • Exciting overview of the World War II battle made famous by the classic movie and book A Bridge Too Far
  • Boots-on-the-ground story of British paratroopers fighting off Germans in Holland during Operation Market Garden
  • Masterly analysis of why the operation failed
  • Draws from the personal experiences of more than 500 participants
  • Written by an accomplished military historian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811708265
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 501
  • Sales rank: 948,467
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Middlebrook has written numerous works of military history, including the classic The First Day on the Somme (978-1-84415-465-4). He lives in England.
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Table of Contents

List of Photographs vii

List of Maps ix

Introduction 1

1 The Path to Arnhem 5

2 'First Airborne' and Friends 20

3 The Arnhem Area 49

4 Preparations for Battle 59

5 The Air Armada 75

6 The Morning in Holland 90

7 The Landings 96

8 The Vital Hours 116

8 The Vital Hours 116

Battalion Krafft 117

1st Parachute BrigadePlan 119

The Reconnaissance Squadron 123

The Divisional Commander 126

The 3rd Parachute Battalion 129

The 1st Parachute Battalion 137

The 2nd Parachute Battalion 142

The Divisional Area 162

The Other Landings 165

9 The Battle in the Town - Monday 167

The 3rd Parachute Battalion 170

The 1st Parachute Battalion 175

C Company and No. 4 Platoon, 2nd Parachute Battalion 184

Reinforcements 186

10 The Battle in the Town - Tuesday 190

The 1st and 3rd Parachute Battalions 195

The 2nd South Staffordshires 200

The 11th Parachute Battalion 206

In the Rear of the Fighting 209

11 Waiting for the Second Lift 217

12 The Second Lift 224

13 The Battle in the Woods 248

The Evening Moves 251

l56 Parachute Battalion the Dreijenseweg Action 254

The 10th Parachute Battalion - the Pumping-Station-Area Action 261

The Third-Lift Glider Landing 269

The 4th Parachute Brigade Withdrawals 272

Wednesday -into Oosterbeek 282

14 The Battle at the Bridge 287

Monday 288

Tuesday 300

Wednesday 307

Resistance Fails 317

15 The Formation of the Oosterbeek Perimeter 324

The Eastern Perimeter 324

The Western Perimeter 329

Wednesday - Lonsdale Force 331

16 The Battle at Oosterbeek 341

The Thursday Attacks 341

The Siege - Friday to Monday 351

The Local People 365

The Divisional Units 372

The Medical Services 378

17 The Resupply Flights 386

Tuesday 387

Wednesday 391

Thursday 393

The Final Flights 396

18 The Polish Brigade 402

19 The Sacrifice of the Dorsets 418

20 Evacuation 423

21 The Reckoning 436

The Cost 438

Was It Worth It? 441

22 The Years That Followed 445

Appendix 1 Order of Battle and Operational Details, 1st British Airborne Division and Attached Units 455

Appendix 2 Order of Battle, Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group 461

Appendix 3 Order of Battle, 38 and 46 Groups RAF and RASC Air Despatch Unlts 462

Appendix 4 Order of Battle, US Air Units Carrying British and Polish Parachute Troops on Operation 'Market' 464

Appendix 5 Arnhem Today 465

Acknowledgements 478

Bibliography 486

Index 487

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