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on 11 June 2013
I have a number of 'Battleground Europe' books already and am familiar with their format for providing detailed knowledge of specific battlegrounds to military history enthusiasts. I have come to rely on them during trips to battlefields. I bought this book to support a visit to the area of 'The Island' later this year. While I have a good understanding of the reasons for Operation MARKET GARDEN, and am familiar with the events in Arnhem, Nijmegen and along 'Hell's Highway', I confess to having only a very sketchy knowledge of the events that took place in the area of land between the rivers Neder Rijn and Waal, known as 'The Island', both during and after MARKET GARDEN.
Sadly, this particular book is presented very poorly. While I do not seek to challenge the accuracy of historical information provided - as I said, I bought the book because I am not a specialist in this area - I cannot recall ever reading a book so filled with poor punctuation; missing text and index numbers; misspelt German words; the inconsistent and incorrect spelling of an SS unit title (10 SS Pz Div correctly titled 'Frundsberg' and incorrectly 'Frundsburg' at different points in the text); the inconsistent and incorrect spelling of an SS unit commander ('Hauptsturmführer Oelkers' incorrectly referred to throughout the text as 'Hauptsturmführer Oelker', with his unit shown on a map as Kampfgruppe Oekler); and misspelt Dutch place names. This latter problem is particularly galling, given that the copies of Dutch maps reproduced in the book clearly show the correct spelling of the place names. The sheer multitude of errors became very distracting and every page turned became a cringing expectation of fresh or repeated errors.
Nonetheless, despite it being frustrating to read, I am prepared to award the book 3 stars because it provides a useful overview of fighting in the area, and contains some useful maps and interesting illustrations. However, in awarding these stars, I am making the assumption that the historical facts given in the book are accurate, despite their poor presentation.