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Air War Market Garden: The Build Up to the Beginning [Kindle Edition]

Martin Bowman
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This is the first volume of a most impressive tribute and accurate four part work that uniquely presents a complete account of the air operations throughout ‘Market-Garden’ in September 1944 when British, US and Polish airborne troops made a gallant attempt to seize and hold bridges across the Lower Rhine in Holland as a springboard for crossing into Germany. ‘Market’, the aerial side of the proceedings, was at the time the largest airborne operation in history. In this unprecedented and insightful account, the exploits of the First Allied Airborne Army are relayed in full detail; supplemented with historical notes regarding the ground operations, this is sure to offer an unparalleled account of the events as they unfolded in the skies above Holland.

If successful, the war could be over by Christmas. ‘What could go wrong? That it did and on such a massive scale is the underlying theme throughout this series. The action was at times very confused, so a narrative of events contained in sixteen timelines at intervals throughout this series cuts through the fog of battle to explain the situation from its over-optimistic beginning to the tragic conclusion.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3348 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HESTCGO
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Bazza42
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This specific volume, despite its title, is a general account of the battle of Arnhem (not Market Garden) from the initial planning
stage to the arrival at the Bridge of those elements of 1AD that made it there. So this covers the first 'British' lift, leaving
the remaining lifts, and the subsequent battles around Oosterbeek to be covered, presumably, in the next three volumes.
Unfortunately this book is so poor that there is little incentive to purchase these.

This volume carries a hopelessly misleading title and purchasers should be warned.
One might justifably expect, in a series entitles Air War: Market Garden, that the book would concentrate on the 'air war',
such as it was. Whilst I may take issue with some of the conclusions drawn by Mr Ritchie in his book:
"Arnhem: Myth and Reality: Airborne Warfare, Air Power and the Failure of Operation Market Garden", there can be no doubt that
his emphasis is firmly on the air operations and planning. But, as indicated above, the last third of the reviewed book covers
the actions of the units on the ground, both British and German, between the landing zone and the Bridge. Of 'Garden' there is
nary a mention nor is reference made to the two US airborne divisions - apart from in the 'timelines' - but these, presumably,
are covered in the next volume.

The book lacks coherence and a natural flow, not assisted by much of it being anecdotal. The majority of the book contains short
quotations from those actually involved, interspersed with the narrative. In many cases there is a short paragraph allocated to
the many people quoted giving a few lines on their previous life, not necessarily military related.
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