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Op Market Garden

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The Race for the Rhine Bridges : 1940, 1944, 1945 ISBN: 0285502786) Alexander McKee

This puts the Arnhem into context.

If you want real detail have a look at the Op Market Garden two volume "after the Battle" book.
 
#5
The Devils Birthday by Geoffrey Powell: he fought there (look him up on the web)

Arnhem by Peter Harclerode is more recent and better researched than C.Ryan's 1960s epic A Bridge Too Far. It really takes to bits the chain of crap decisions and failures in organisation, training, equipment and planning.

It Never Snows in Sepetember by Kershaw is heavy going, but worth persevering, because it is written from German sources - and shows how the German order of priority for the 3 bridges was Eindhoven 1, Nijmengen 2, so that Arnhem - savage though the fighting was - was the least of their worries, and attracted the least choice of the resources they scraped together in response to Market Garden.

Enjoy :D
 
#6
Kershaw's book is very good. The best thing is to read that and the After the Battle books, then go there and look around. The museum at the Hartenstein is very good, and there are still a lot of 'locations' for want of a better word that can be found and compared to how they looked in '44.

The people of Arnhem are great, too. My car broke down, and the chap at the first house I stopped at gave me coffee, booked me a hotel, drove me there, called their version of the AA and paid towards the hotel room (I must have looked poor!). They're not too keen on the Germans, though....
 
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FrogPrince said:
It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem, September 1944

Written by a current (?) Para Reg officer.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1885119313/?tag=armrumser-20
This is without doubt a genius of a book... it has the appearance of a rather dry study on the subject but provides some unique commentary from Germans on why the fought so hard even though to the Allies the end was inevitable. An utter utter must read... in my Top Ten of all time military books...
 
#12
BoomShackerLacker said:
FrogPrince said:
It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem, September 1944

Written by a current (?) Para Reg officer.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1885119313/?tag=armrumser-20
This is without doubt a genius of a book... it has the appearance of a rather dry study on the subject but provides some unique commentary from Germans on why the fought so hard even though to the Allies the end was inevitable. An utter utter must read... in my Top Ten of all time military books...
You should hear the author in person: had the pleasure of touring the Arnhem battlefield - for 3 days from Staff college - with Kershaw and Powell, amongst others, who included the IG Sgt (name evades me right now) who commanded the 1st Sherman over the Nijmegen Bridge.

Quote from him, when ordered by his OC (Lord Carrington) to advance "Sir, don't you think this is an officer's job?"
 
#13
There's also an After the Battle special, done at the time of the filming of A Bridge Too Far. Lots of the usual then and now, with additional now shots from the filming.

Also ask for a video of Theirs is the Glory (1946/7?). You might have to contact the Hartestein Museum (sp?) in Oosterbeek.
 
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whiffler said:
Also ask for a video of Theirs is the Glory (1946/7?). You might have to contact the Hartestein Museum (sp?) in Oosterbeek.
. . filmed, if I'm not mistaken, in Arnhem, with survivors of the battle re-enacting thier real life experiences.

One officer (the Intelligence Officer 2 Para?) is a particular joy to watch. I do hope he really did behave as nonchalantly in battle as he did in the movie. :D
 
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Stonker said:
whiffler said:
Also ask for a video of Theirs is the Glory (1946/7?). You might have to contact the Hartestein Museum (sp?) in Oosterbeek.
. . filmed, if I'm not mistaken, in Arnhem, with survivors of the battle re-enacting thier real life experiences.

One officer (the Intelligence Officer 2 Para?) is a particular joy to watch. I do hope he really did behave as nonchalantly in battle as he did in the movie. :D
Excellent film and you can get it online fromTesco's - I jest you not!
 
#18
Holland Patch is a good read, about the South Staffs at Arnhem, if you can find it, now out of print, only got my own copy (seeing i wrote the book, its staying with me ) :)
 
#20
Sunday times News Review: Remembrance Sunday 2006.
Interesting little article

A bridge too far for Dad at Arnhem
Elspeth Campbell, wife of the Liberal Democrat leader, tells York Membery of her father’s key role in the bloody 1944 battle
The Remembrance service at the Cenotaph today will be a particularly poignant occasion for Elspeth Campbell, wife of Sir Ming, who will be attending for the first time in her capacity as a party leader’s wife. Her father, Major-General Roy Urquhart, commanded the British troops at Arnhem, one of the most famous names in British military history.

“It will be a hugely important day for me, as I’m sure it is for everyone else who has or had a father, husband or close relation who saw military action,” says Lady Campbell, 66, in her first interview since her husband became Liberal Democrat leader.

Full: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-2449572.html
 

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