A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshalled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-Day.
In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the Ameri...more
"Fantastic but unrealistic."
That's Eisenhower's first reaction and opinion upon hearing Montgomery's plan regarding Operation Market Garden.
"Fantastic and realistic!"
That's Erie's (hey, that's me!) first reaction and opinion after he finished this book :D
IMHO, this book remarkably evokes "what happened" behind one of the biggest military gambling in history. Ryan fastidiously portrays the ambitious plans which resulted in more Allies casualties than the entire Normandy landing.
In S ...more
Great tale of Market Garden. A few year later when they were filming
the flic in Holland, I just happened to be there checking out the
forrests where divisions Hohenstauffen and Frundsberg had been
hiding. I heard they were asking for extras to be soldiers and
I raced to the site, but no luck for me. Still a great related
Also check out 'It Never Snows in September' a great book from
the German perspective of this battle.
Many plans begin with the chilling phrase, "Home By Christmas." Well, this was the ultimate "Home By Christmas" plan and ended ingloriously. The book details ...more
Ryan clearly and vividly writes how the battle was experienced by soldiers and civilians, and he really captures the drama of the battle and the courage and tenacity of the airborne troops. He also explains how Allied aerial reconnaissance was unable to spot the German panzer divisions, how the drop zones were se ...more
About the brave men and women that lived through this chapter of WOII that is still remembered today.
The writing is a bit dry but the story is well told.
What is not to love about the movie! The allies have this great plan to catch the Nazis by surprise and end the war by xmas. The movie recreates the largest airborne drop ever. Watching all those planes and gliders flying over the c ...more
Ryan follows the same working principle of conducting several interviews from personnel from both ends of the fighting sides and converting these into a lucidly written narrative of actual war, the technique which worked to perfection in the Longest Day.
The book basically covers the Allied Operation called "Operation Market Garden" in which Allied Top Brass landed thous ...more
Operation Market-Garden itself was ...more
This is the history of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne military operation up to that point in WWII. Almost 35,000 troops were to parachute or arrive in gliders along a narrow corridor through the Netherlands. They were to capture numerous bridges which would allow ground forces to sweep up the corridor and make it over the Rhine river. After that, the allied forces would have a straight shot into the industrial heart of Germany and h ...more
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He initially covered the air war in Europe during WW II, flew along on fourteen bombing missions with the Eighth Air Force and Ninth Air Force United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), then joined General Patton's Third Third Army and covered its act ...more