A new addition to the very popular Images of War series, covering the Battle for Arnhem. The attempt to drive a corridor through German lines in the Netherlands to shorten the war was a gamble that very nearly came off completely. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Images of War, The Battle for Arnhem 1944-1945, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2856 AUTHOR: Anthony Tucker-Jones PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 125 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, World War II, WWII, Second World War, Great Patriotic War, Western Front, German Army, Allied Armies, armoured vehicles, JEEP, air transportable vehicles, paratroops, glider troops, air support, Waffen SS, Operation Market Garden
IMAGE: B2856.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2yduur2 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A new addition to the very popular Images of War series, covering the Battle for Arnhem. The attempt to drive a corridor through German lines in the Netherlands to shorten the war was a gamble that very nearly came off completely. – Highly Recommended The idea promoted by Montgomery was audacious and a gamble. Op Market Garden comprised two components, the British armour racing up a very narrow highway from one captured bridge to the next, and a large British, American and Polish airborne force dropped onto each bridge to hold it long enough for the armour to relieve them. Ultimately the armour failed to reach the final bridge at Arnhem in time to relive the British and Polish paratroops and glider troops. The Battle for Arnhem has attracted much interest from historians, but this book breaks new ground and the text supports a first rate selection of rare photographs. It achieves this by providing a view of the US paratroops as they took and held against counter-attack by the German battle groups to allow the armour to progress towards Arnhem. The photographs provide a graphic and dramatic insight into all sides of what was a remarkable, if ill-fated operation. Many historians have concentrated on the British paratroopers, in their heroic fight to cling on to the bridge they had taken at Arnhem, and spent much time in trying to lay blame for the failure to hold it. The Operation Market Garden plan did have its flaws, not least in underestimating the strength of German units along the route, but there were two separate challenges. The greatest challenge was in finding the numbers of aircraft and gliders to carry the airborne force to its drop and landing zones. The British and Polish forces at Arnhem suffered the greatest difficulties because there were insufficient aircraft to deliver them to target on the same day and the drop zones were much further from the bridge than they should have been. That meant that the troops had to move away towards the target, allowing drop zones to be overrun by the Germans. Consequently much of the ammunition and supplies dropped later were delivered to the Germans. In general, at each bridge, the main challenge was for light infantry, lacking motor transport, adequate communications and supplies, to hold against the best armour in the German inventory. The US troops did have some bazooka anti-tank rockets, but the British and Poles only had PIAT spring fired mortar bombs to fight the tanks with. The British armour had to fight very hard along a narrow highway that periodically halted the column, where support equipment, such as assault boats for a river crossing, were way down the column and facing great difficulty in coming past the vehicles ahead. Inevitably, the column was slowed to the point where the British airborne force at Arnhem was obliged to fight on significantly beyond the time allowed in the plans.