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5.0 out of 5 stars Not back home for tea and biscuits, 8 July 2012
This review is from: Arnhem Lift: A Fighting Glider Pilot Remembers (Hardcover)
An intriguing,lesser known account of Operation Market Garden.Penned by a German glider pilot flying for the British.Think about that for a moment......What an incredibly brave decision for a young man to make,to turn his back on his country of origin and fight for the enemy against his fellow countrymen.Despite choosing Good over Evil he would have been regarded as a traitor by the majority of the German populace.You can no doubt imagine what cruel fate would have befallen this chap if he'd been captured.(As a former glider pilot and parachutist myself,although not under combat conditions),I'd now like to take this opportunity to dispel a commonly held misconception:- A glider,although quiet is not totally silent,the airflow travelling over the airframe makes quite a distinctive sound,giving an alert enemy some warning of it's approach.The HORSA being a troop/materiel carrying,wide bodied airframe appeared to have all the aerodynamic qualities of a BRICK and you didn't have several thousand pounds of thrust instantly available to get you out of trouble.In other words your gliderborne assault was a ONE SHOT DEAL,(you didn't have the option of aborting your approach and trying again),if you made a HASH of it....

Jerry ack-ack was extremely good.The infamous Eighty-Eight anti aircraft gun could make a hell of a mess of an allied tank,imagine what it could do to the Horsa barely flying duck.(This is in no way denigrating the HORSA glider,it DID IT'S JOB in the TOUGHEST environment.) Added to these inconveniences were those annoying laws of physics,whereby the frontseaters,in the gliders carrying jeeps/six pounder anti-tank guns were frequently joined in the cockpit by their errant cargoes,(which broke loose under the HUGE forces of the barely controlled impact/landing,with obvious results,)and the SMALL landing zones.(The first gliders in,had to land and park at the far end of these fields,so that the Follow On gliders didn't crash into them.)This small group of aviators displayed awesome skill and bravery,but that's just the start.

When these men disembarked the remains of their kites,they had to pick up their rifles and join in the ground fighting.Unlike Bomber Command,Fighter Command,there was no back home for tea and biscuits,hence the title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 25 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Arnhem Lift: A Fighting Glider Pilot Remembers (Hardcover)
This is a simple book that follows Louis Hagen through Market Garden and tells you what he did and how he did it, and that is why the book is so good.

It reads like he is just talking to you and you are there with him.

Its is a short book but well worth the read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Iconic book, 24 Aug. 2011
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R. J. Hemming (Coventry, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Arnhem Lift: A Fighting Glider Pilot Remembers (Hardcover)
I read this book when I was a teenager, I thought it was about time to read it again. It is one the iconic books that resulted from the battle of Arnhem. It documents the very real experiences of glider pilot who was in the thick of the action during the battle. Well worth a read.
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