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PDF ì Arnhem 1944 The Airborne Battle 17 26 September Penguin History ½ Martin Middlebrook It wasn't until many months later that ground forces captured Arnhem in conventional fighting It had literally been a bridge too far This Some men don’t want to talk about it others can’t stop talking about it Martin Middlebrook has listened to the latter before age silenced their tongues He tells the tale of Arnhem in the words of 500 men who were there obtained both through interview and correspondence Add to this their reminiscences about the fallen and the material already available in print most famously the memoirs of Uruhart and Sosabowski to double the amount of voices Together this gives him a considerably larger data pool to work with than for his debut The First Day on the Somme Once again the protagonists are British the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions do not share the spotlight hereHe also brings twenty years’ experience to the page to good effect His sentiments while walking the fields of Picardy were central to Somme and a string of ten picked individuals gave us a feel for the ground in 1916 but it was hard to make themselves heard above the din of millions and the net effect was rather chaotic With Arnhem chaos is still present but this time it is part of the plan Two main features of Market Garden were the isolation of lightly armed airborne units most prominently the 2nd Parachute Battalion at the Arnhem road bridge and the piecemeal reinforcements by air This isolation came partly from the original battle plan with three airborne holding autonomous perimeters around the Rhine bridges until linked by the advance of XXX Corps The deployment of the 1st British Airborne Division was successfully contested by German Kampfgruppe Their opponents had learned that airborne assaults depended upon the first strike for success; the best tactical response was an eually rapid disruptionThe resulting dispersal of companies dictates the structure of the book Where possible we see the airborne assault grind down on a day to day basis but sometimes we stay in the slit trenches for days on end with no insight as to how the battle develops down the road It is a maxim of military historiography and if it isn’t I totally call dips that “a good battle history needs 100 pages to get started” and Middlebrook is not far off the mark He briefs us on the plan for twin operations MARKET and GARDEN with an eye for their potential strategic rewards Here he approaches the level of Lloyd Clark The limitationsinherent risks of the airborne assault become a lot less deliberate when the flight plan is taken into account With his analysis of the British OOB he has written a chapter that will continue to serve me well no matter how many of the 500 books on the subject come my way He is especially strong on the types of aircraft used and the variety of support troops involved with a nod of respect towards the RAF personnel They suffered 40% of the casualties during airlifts and supply drops but in the movie they’re just those idiots who get a paratrooper killed to retrieve a wrongly dropped container full of spare berets – that iconic trivia gets explained near the end Once the book is airborne the writer retires wholly behind the curtain and the combatants take center stage He only emergences to side with them in the aftermath where most grew to agree with Montgomery’s uote in years to come it will be a great thing for a man to be able to say 'I fought at Arnhem' It is an unsurpassed British talent to turn defeats into their finest moments but a universal human need to take pride in battles fought On the other hand the knee reflex to condemn the MARKET GARDEN plan can't be surpressed between instant doubts among the commanders Sosabowski distant drop zones ignored intelligence on two armoured outfits combined with the known German talent for ad hoc counter attacks and the continous penny dripping of companies into the Arnhem road bridge objective area I'll never understand 100% why this thing was greenlighted Is this the best Arnhem book? Not sure a lot has been written since the early ‘90s Is it one of the best? Probably It’s so good it becomes a shame that Middlebrook didn’t tackle the exploits of Horrocks’ XXX Corps on Hell’s Highway as well andor the American airborne operations

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Arnhem 1944 The Airborne Battle 17 26 September Penguin HistoryBook consists of interviews research of British and Polish airborne forces involved in Arnhem German forces and Dutch civilians caught up DetailedExcellent detail of the Allied air drop at Arhem follows units in the air and on the ground throughout a frustrating operation