Four Hours of Fury

The Untold Story of World War II's Largest Airborne Operation and the Final Push into Nazi Germany
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Publisher's Summary

"Compellingly chronicles one of the least studied great episodes of World War II with power and authority…. A riveting read” (Donald L. Miller, New York Times best-selling author of Masters of the Air) about World War II’s largest airborne operation - one that dropped 17,000 Allied paratroopers deep into the heart of Nazi Germany.

On the morning of March 24, 1945, more than 2,000 Allied aircraft droned through a cloudless sky toward Germany. Escorted by swarms of darting fighters, the armada of transport planes carried 17,000 troops to be dropped, via parachute and glider, on the far banks of the Rhine River. Four hours later, after what was the war’s largest airdrop, all major objectives had been seized. The invasion smashed Germany’s last line of defense and gutted Hitler’s war machine; the war in Europe ended less than two months later. 

Four Hours of Fury follows the 17th Airborne Division as they prepare for Operation Varsity, a campaign that would rival Normandy in scale and become one of the most successful and important of the war. Even as the Third Reich began to implode, it was vital for Allied troops to have direct access into Germany to guarantee victory - the 17th Airborne secured that bridgehead over the River Rhine. And yet their story has until now been relegated to history’s footnotes. 

In this viscerally exciting account, paratrooper-turned-historian James Fenelon “details every aspect of the American 17th Airborne Division’s role in Operation Varsity...inspired” (The Wall Street Journal). 

Reminiscent of A Bridge Too Far and Masters of the Air, Four Hours of Fury does for the 17th Airborne what Band of Brothers did for the 101st. It is a captivating, action-packed tale of heroism and triumph spotlighting one of World War II’s most under-chronicled and dangerous operations. 

©2019 James M. Fenelon (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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personal and powerful.

exceptionally researched with on-the-ground personal retellings. a missing part of the WW II story. thank you for your service.

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Great story

Nice job and all aspects, story was compelling interesting and informative. Completely enjoyed as did my 13 yr old son.

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Phenomenally-researched, beautifully written—incredible

This is an incredibly well done retelling of one of WWII’s most important—but often overlooked—operations. The author draws upon historical documents, official government documents, first person accounts, and other sources to painstakingly reassemble the military and human story of the operation in a manner that is both comprehensive and cogent. Dropping with details and packed with action, this account offers pleasure for everyday readers and more expert history buffs alike. Written over a 7-year period, this volume not recounts strategic and tactical considerations but manages to personalize and localize the drama of the action in an admirable way. Well done. Recommending to many of my friends.

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airborne! all the way!

as an 82d abn alumnus found this to be accurate representation of paratrooper elan spirit

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  • SAM WILDERSPIN
  • 08-12-20

Exciting, detailed, gripping

Importantly, the narrator does a good job and I found this an easy Audible listen. As for Fenelon's work I found this a really comprehensive look at the role of the 17th and enjoyed the way it told their story right from their first action in the Ardennes. It's easy to follow because the narrative is clearly told and the accounts and details it covers make a great read. Highly recommended.