Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944 (Hardback)Antony Beevor (author)
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In this special edition, exclusive to Waterstones, Antony Beevor presents a selection of contemporary reports of Operation Market Garden – taken from a range of media, including The Times, the Manchester Guardian and the BBC’s radio reports – revealing how and why the reality often differed.
On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power.
Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked?
The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.
The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm
'There was much heroism, narrated in this absorbing new account of the battle with the eye for telling personal detail that we have come to expect from Antony Beevor' - The Daily Mail
'Military Historians too often sanitise war, presenting a clinically precise picture of forces advancing in orderly formation. Beevor's skill lies in his ability to recreate the tumultous butality of war.' - The Times
'Beevor tells a story that is more human and complex than what he calls "the great myth of heroic failure", a tale of vanity, hubris, occasional incompetence, human frailty and remarkable grit. . . In Beevor's hands, Arnhem becomes a study of national character.' - Ben Macintyre, The Times
'Another masterwork from the most feted military historian of our time. . . Does the story need to be retold? Beevor is such a good writer, with a gift for clarity and a knack for the telling personal portrait, that the answer is undoubtedly yes.' - Jay Elwes, Prospect Magazine
'The analysis he has produced of the disaster is forensic. Aficionados of military history will revel in Beevor's microscopic detail, with every skirmish given its rightful place. . . Beevor's prodigious research has nevertheless unearthed many treasures, particularly his record of the sufferings of Dutch civilians who risked their necks by nursing wounded allied soldiers.' - Giles Milton, The Sunday Times
'Complete mastery of both the story and the sources. The beauty is in the details. . . . This gripping book, with its tightly focused timescale and subject matter, shows him once again at his very best.' - Keith Lowe, Literary Review
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“A good read”
I have read other books by Antony Beevor and enjoy his style, so I had no hesitation in purchasing this book. It is a good read, well researched which provided me with new insights into the events pertinent to the... More
“ARNHEM an Antony Beevor Study”
I ordered the book both because of the author & a curiosity about the battle. The book is full of personal detail, scope & different personal narratives. Monty would probably be hurumphing in his grave... More
“An informative good read”
I give this book five stars. I’m not a historian so I have taken all the information within the book on face value. I guess there are more knowledgeable readers out there who may contest, or refute some of Anthony... More
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