• Four Hours of Fury

  • The Untold Story of World War II's Largest Airborne Operation and the Final Push into Nazi Germany
  • By: James M. Fenelon
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Four Hours of Fury

By: James M. Fenelon
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
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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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