Magnificent Disaster: The Failure of Market Garden, The Arnhem Operation, September 1944

Overview

After Normandy, the most spectacular Allied offensive of World War II was Operation Market Garden, which saw three divisions of paratroopers dropped behind German lines, to be joined by massive armored columns breaking through the front. The ultimate object was to seize a crossing over the Rhine to outflank the heartland of the Third Reich and force a quick end to the war.

The Operation utterly failed, of course, as the 1st British Airborne was practically wiped out, the ...

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Overview

After Normandy, the most spectacular Allied offensive of World War II was Operation Market Garden, which saw three divisions of paratroopers dropped behind German lines, to be joined by massive armored columns breaking through the front. The ultimate object was to seize a crossing over the Rhine to outflank the heartland of the Third Reich and force a quick end to the war.

The Operation utterly failed, of course, as the 1st British Airborne was practically wiped out, the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions became tied down in vicious combat for months, and the vaunted armored columns were foiled at every turn by improvisational German defenses. In many circles the battle has become known as "Hitler's last victory."

In this work, many years in the making, Professor Bennett puts forward a complete, balanced and comprehensive account of the British, American, Polish, Canadian and German actions, as well as the strategic background of the Operation in a way not yet done. He shows, for example, that rather than a bridgehead over the Rhine, Montgomery's ultimate aim was to flank the Ruhr industrial area from the north. The book also deals as never before with the key role of all three Corps of British Second Army, not just Horrocks' central XXX Corps. For the first time, we learn the dramatic, untold story of how a single company of Canadian engineers achieved the evacuation of 1st Airborne's survivors back across the Rhine when all other efforts had failed.

Also revealed is the scandal of how Polish General Sosabowski was humiliated, insulted and dismissed by the mendacious hostility of the British military authorities. And the book shows, too, how the Operation would have failed at the outset but for the brilliant soldiery of the two American airborne divisions who overcame a variety of odds to achieve their objectives.

Respectfully nodding to "A Bridge Too Far" and other excellent works on Market Garden, the author has interviewed survivors, walked the ground, and performed prodigious archival research to increase our understanding of the battle. From the actions of the lowliest soldier to the highest commander, Allied and German, the Operation develops in highly readable style, with the author's expert analysis unveiling new insights at every step.

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Editorial Reviews

WWII Connection
An interesting well researched and different perspective of The Market Garden Operation.
Military Modelcraft International
...an incredibly detailed examination of why who and what exactly went wrong in September 1944...a war chest of obscure delights...fantastic photos...A great book on a hugely famous battle.
World War II Magazine
. . . a smooth, concise account of the battle's major phases and turning points, well spiced with vignettes from the tactical level . . . conclusions are well supported . . . a fine foreword by Carlo D'Este.. Demonstrat(es) that even well-studied campaigns can use a fresh look.
IPMS
. . . brings previously overlooked details of a battle I thought I knew a lot about. I didn't . . . expert analysis, unveiling new insights at every step.
Armorama
. . . an informative volume . . . provides a wealth of detail. It will make a valuable addition to your collection if you're an enthusiast of Market Garden or the ETO in WWII . . .
Fark NYMAS
A fresh look at the disastrous operation in the Netherlands that led to devastating losses among British and Polish airborne troops.
Books Monthly (UK)
. . . an amazing, utterly captivating and enthralling account . . . the amount of research he's put into this book phenomenal. One of the most readable accounts of a second world war campaign I have ever read.
Model Madness
. . . interesting appendices and a most complete bibliography, making this probably one of the finest works on the subject yet done . . . both informative and entertaining . . . I give my highest recommendation for a superb read.
Airborne Quarterly

...Reveals much of what history has tended to gloss over... This detailed examination of Market Garden should be a must read for all who have an interest in this operation.

Best of Britain
. . . the first to put forward a complete, balanced, and strategic account of all forces involved and provides us with a new perspective on the many errors and conflicts of the campaign.
Military Modelcraft International
...an incredibly detailed examination of why who and what exactly went wrong in September 1944...a war chest of obscure delights...fantastic photos...A great book on a hugely famous battle.
WWII Connection
An interesting well researched and different perspective of The Market Garden Operation.
The Book Bag(UK)
Immaculately researched...The wealth of detail is exceptional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935149897
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/8/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 709,964
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Carlo D'Este xi

1 The Prospects for the Western Allies 1

2 Two Weeks of Allied Preparation 19

3 The Other Side of the Hill 43

4 An American Triumph 61

5 Airborne Hiatus 87

6 Black Tuesday 103

7 Success Clashes With Failure 115

8 Polonia Restituta 137

9 Stagnation 143

10 The Poles' Second Crossing of the Rhine 151

11 Dithering and Deceit 157

12 The Last Hope Fades 169

13 The Night of the Canadians 181

14 Assessment 191

Epilogue 203

Appendix 1 Chronology of Events 211

Appendix 2 The Supply Situation of 21st Army Group on the Eve of Market Garden 217

Appendix 3 The Air Forces in Operation Market Garden 225

Appendix 4 The Humiliation of General Sosabowski 235

Appendix 5 Brian Urquhart's Recollections of Intelligence at Arnhem 241

Appendix 6 Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 245

Notes on the Text 249

Bibliography 257

Acknowledgments 271

Index 273

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