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In September Hope, acclaimed historian John C. McManus explores World War II’s most ambitious invasion, an immense, daring offensive to defeat Nazi Germany before the end of 1944. Operation Market-Garden is one of the war’s most famous, but least understood, battles, and McManus tells the story of the American contribution to this crucial phase of the war in Europe.

August 1944 saw the Allies achieve more significant victories than in any other month over the course of the war. ...

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Overview

In September Hope, acclaimed historian John C. McManus explores World War II’s most ambitious invasion, an immense, daring offensive to defeat Nazi Germany before the end of 1944. Operation Market-Garden is one of the war’s most famous, but least understood, battles, and McManus tells the story of the American contribution to this crucial phase of the war in Europe.

August 1944 saw the Allies achieve more significant victories than in any other month over the course of the war. Soviet armies annihilated more than twenty German divisions and pushed the hated enemy from Russia to deep inside Poland. General Eisenhower’s D-Day Invasion led to the liberation of France. Encouraged by these triumphs, British, Canadian and American armored columns plunged into Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. The Germans were in disarray, overwhelmed on all fronts, losing soldiers by the thousands as Allied bombers pulverized their cities. For the Third Reich it seemed the end was near. Rumors swirled that the war would soon be over and that everyone would be home for Christmas.

Then came September, and Holland.

On September 17, the largest airborne drop in military history commenced—including two entire American divisions, the 101st and the 82nd. Their mission was to secure key bridges at such places as Son, Eindhoven, Grave and Nijmegen until British armored forces could relieve them. The armor would slash northeast, breech the Rhine and go wild on the north German plains. However, the Germans were much stronger than the Allies anticipated. In eight days of ferocious combat, they mauled the airborne, stymied the tanks and prevented the Allies from crossing the Rhine.

 For the first time, using never-before-seen sources and countless personal interviews, September Hope reveals the American perspective on one of the most famous and decisive battles of World War II.

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“A riveting and deeply moving story of uncommon courage.” —Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Longest Winter

“A testament to men assigned the impossible who, through sheer willpower, almost pulled it off.”—The Wall Street Journal

“McManus’s extensive research allows him to tell the story with verve and authority.” —Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of An Army at Dawn

"McManus mines a rich and too-long-neglected vein of stories, many revealed here for the first time.”—Mark Bando, author of 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy

“An absolutely riveting and vivid narrative that captures the full extent of the heroism of America’s troops in Operation Market Garden...Military history at its finest. ”—Andrew Carroll, editor of the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines

“McManus’s crisply written book tells of the campaign as seen through the eyes of the privates, sergeants, and captains who jumped into the Netherlands and the air crews who got them there.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451239891
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 177,847
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. McManus earned a Ph.D. in American History and Military History from the University of Tennessee, where he served as assistant director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, helping oversee a project collecting the firsthand stories of American veterans of World War II. He is currently associate professor of U.S. military history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he teaches courses on the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, U.S. Military History, and Modern American Combat Experience. He also currently serves as the official historian for the United States Army’s Seventh Infantry Regiment.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Part I The Leap

Prologue: Into the Blue Dutch Sky 9

Chapter 1 A Big Idea 15

Chapter 2 Plans and Schemes 26

Chapter 3 Foreboding 44

Chapter 4 Rumblings 68

Chapter 5 Drop Day 86

Chapter 6 Objectives 121

Chapter 7 Frenzy 168

Chapter 8 Landing Zones 206

Chapter 9 Euphoria and Desperation 233

Chapter 10 Resolve 262

Chapter 11 Resolution 288

Part II The Fall

Chapter 12 Self-Deception 337

Chapter 13 Road Killing and Ridge Holding 344

Chapter 14 Opheusden 364

Chapter 15 Stalemate 383

Chapter 16 Timberwolves 404

Chapter 17 Off the Line 431

Acknowledgments 438

Select Bibliography 444

Notes 449

Index 490

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Recommended

    Easy reading about the 82nd & 101st and their trials & tribulations during and after Market Garden.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Quiet melodys character app

    Her age at this time would be 13. for her appearance type in this code: ih01u0a2VNv/00000cvkRnr1837003i9G3y1GG53zVp/C/T//213Dp1u4 you will have to change her height so that it is correct because this is what she looks like hen she is 28. She has her cutiemark which is two treble clefs facing away from eachother also she has a scar going over her left eye. For her personity she is as quiet as fluttershy. She is a little bit less shy then fluttershy. She is scared of most ponies she meets but she is adventures and is normally in isolated parts of equestria for example: the crystal mountains or the everfree forest though she does have to go to towns everynow and then. She is homeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Candy

    You know me well enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Vynx

    I kinda have my own backstory, but can Sunset Berry be in it? She is a tangerine earth pony filly with a scarlet and reddish-orange ponytail mane and tail, plum purple eyes, and no CM yet, but when she gets it, it is a slice of lime with a slice of lemon overlapping it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Squeak

    Can i be in it? Bio at demons res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Torn Apart part 6

    The three fillys quietly tip-hoofed into the mansion and up one floor. A knot formed in Brokens stomach as the got closer to the Masters room. It felt like she was gonna puke, but at the same time she wanted to jump for joy. She was nervoucited. They creaked open the door. The Masters room was dark, but Sunset lit her horn so they could see. Trixie was amazed that Sunset could do that. Most unicorns here coukdnt do any magic at all. All Trixie could do with her magic was levitate. The three stood next to his bed, none daring to speak. Finally, after what seemed like hours, Sunset Shimmer passed Trixie the knife. Levitating it, Trixie lifted the knife over the Masters heart. "You're wrong, Master." She whispered. "Im not worthless. I am the Great and Powerful TRIXIE!" And just as the Master opened his eyes, the unicorn filly slammed the blade into his chest. <p> All of a sudden, Broken panicked. "We're just like him! We're just as bad! We just murder-" "BROKEN! Listen to me! We are NOT like him. We will NEVER be like him." Sunset said firmly. Trixie nodded. "There was no other way." Broken calmed down. "Well, shouldnt we go get the other foals?" She suggested. The unicorns nodded. "Yeah! Theyre free now!" <p> Broken walked along side her friends. They had woken everypony up, and thry were now getting away from the horrible place. They finally had found the keys to the front door so they could escape that horrible house. Of course, not everypony was going the same way. After parting with the other foals, Broken Heart, Trixie Lulamoon, and Sunset Shimmer were heading south. Not having any idea where they were going was scary, but it was better than staying in that awful mansion. But wherever they ended up, Broken knew that these friends would always be there for her. ((Oh yeah if you didnt catch that the pony who helped the one whos leg got torn off was filly Nurse Redheart. Oh do any of you want to be in here? Im guessing not because of all the abuse :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    PTS

    Actually I do. I am just filly in unicorn years and i came to help you from my fancy house offering you a food. So that is my story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Academic 

    Academic 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Spetember

    Sje sighs and opens the windo

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