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The prizewinning historian and internationally best-selling author of D-Day reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem in this gripping new account.

On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division. 

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever 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. 

Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, American, British, Polish, and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called "The Last German Victory." Yet The Battle of Arnhem, written with Beevor's inimitable style and gripping narrative, is about much more than a single dramatic battle - it looks into the very heart of war.

©2018 Antony Beevor (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Fighting a lost war

At heart this is a very sad story. So much bloodshed and destruction while the war had been lost for Germany for months. Still the Germans fought on viciously. But the Allied forces were not well led either and would often shoot prisoners of war, for example. The destruction of the ancient Dutch cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem would have been wholly unnecessary with better war planning and execution.

Antony Beevor is British, but the British generals, especially Browning and Montgomery, come across as incompetent compared to the US and Polish forces. In contrast, the bravery of the British paratroopers is always clear even when facing impossible situations. In the end it's not enough to win the battle and the war is prolonged by more than 6 months, causing immeasurable suffering to the Dutch population in German occupied territories.

The book is very well written and never boring. It is very bleak at times. The narrator was excellent.

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different view on monty

read and listened to several other books about this battle.Where they all have been good this one hits hard on the mistakes made by Monty,Browning,and Horroks make.The personalities of the leaders comes across very well. No punches pulled here.

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Outstanding

Over the last several decades I have read articles, a few books, viewed TV & movies on the subject of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN and its aftermath. This book covered the STRATEGIC, TACTICAL, and INDIVIDUAL perspectives in an outstanding way. Highly recommend this book to those readers interested in World War II.

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