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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Red Devil, 3 May 2006
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G. P. Tanner (Nr Bridgwater, Somerset United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Very readable account of the wartime career of one of Britains outstanding fighting officers and one who probably did more than any other to forge the aggressive ethos of one of the Worlds' premier fighting forces. Charts his career from the outset of the war when he was in Iraq( for whos' soldiers, incidentally, he had profound respect) and frustrated at his inability to get into the fighting before the British Armys' defeat in France. After joining the fledgling Parachute Regiment he was very rapidly promoted and selected to lead the successful Brunval raid which enabled Britain to keep up with Germany in the "Radar" war. Later fought against considerable odds against some of the most formidable German Army units in North Africa which led to a deeply impressed foe labelling him and his men "Red Devils". The account goes on to describe actions in Sicily before moving onto a possibly somewhat understated account of 2Paras action at Arhnem. Written with gusto this entertaining and very informative book is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in Airborne forces.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim heroics, 18 Dec 2009
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Lt Colonel John Frost was the commander of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, which dropped at Arnhem in Holland and was virtually wiped out over a period of 3 days, holding on, unsupported, to the north end of the Rhine bridge (the "Bridge Too Far"), in the face of continuous attacks by German forces enormously superior in numbers and equipment. The book is about the whole of his career, culminating in the battle of Arnhem during which he was wounded and captured. For anyone interested in things military or in WW2 it is a fascinating read. Col. Frost himself is a slightly old-fashioned, "huntin', shootin', fishin'" sort of character. He tries to get a game of polo or a game-shooting trip whenever he is off duty, is completely "stiff-upper-lip" about the horrendous events he relates, and gives almost nothing away about his personal life.

But when he is fighting his determination is heroic, and his men are equally extraordinary. The Germans of the crack 9 and 10 Panzer Divisions, who had fought on the Russian front, said the Paras at Arnhem were the fiercest enemy they had ever faced. Operation Market Garden was the worst Allied disaster of the war, a sort of land-based Dunkirk but with far more casualties. Of the 10,000 who landed at Arnhem only 2,000 got out. The rest were killed or taken prisoner. It was planned by the usually cautious Montgomery, who seems to have had a brainstorm that day. And approved by Eisenhower. The German army was in full retreat, the Allies were victory-happy and over-eager to get to Berlin by Christmas. If they had, it would have changed the history of post-war Europe radically, because the Russians were still in Poland. So they failed the whole world for 40 years afterwards when they planned Market Garden so inadequately. It's easy for me to say that, of course. The other books worth reading are the original "A Bridge Too Far" by Cornelius Ryan, which the Attenborough film was based on, and "Arnhem", by Major-General Robert Urquhart, the commander of the 1st Parachute Division, of which the 2nd Battalion formed part. Ryan is the best and most comprehensive writer, but the others have an intensity that comes from having actually fought for your life there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NEW AND ENLARGED EDITION (1994, Leo Cooper Ltd.), 22 Jun 2012
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CONTENTS:
Preface
1. Iraq (1)
2. Home Again (14)
3. The Bruneval Raid (37)
4. Aftermath (56)
5. Maison Carrée (66)
6. Oudna (77)
7. Retreat From Oudna (92)
8. Oudna Aftermath (101)
9. Happy Valley (113)
10. Battle of Tamera: Phase One (126)
11. Battle of Tamera: Phase Two (152)
12. Sicily (169)
13. Italy (186)
14. U.K. Interlude (193)
15. Arnhem (203)
16. Prisoner (233)
17. Rehabilitation (243)
18. Representation (248)
19. Last Thoughts (256)
Index (262)

271 pages (including 16 with b/w photographs and over 15 b/w maps). Hardcover: 14x22 cm.

John Dutton Frost, son of Brigadier General F.D. Frost of the Indian Army, was born in 1912. After a conventional education at Wellington and Sandhurst he was gazetted to the Cameronians (Scottish rifles), with whom he served in England and Palestine, later being seconded to the Iraq Levies.
On return to the UK he became one of the first parachutist and fought throughout the war with the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. After the war he held a series of staff appointments until being made Commandant of the support Weapons wing of the School of Infantry. He then commanded the 44th Parachte Brigade TA before becoming GOC of the 52nd Lowland Division District. His last appointment was GOC Malta and Lybia while he commanded the Malta Land force.
General Frost was awarded the Military Cross, the distinguised Service Order and Bar, was a Companion of the Bath annd Grand Officer of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. After retiring from the Army in 1968 he took up farming in West sussex, where he reared beef cattle. He was also active in many aspects os local affairs. He died in 1993.
General Frost's story is, in effect, that of the Battalion. His tale starts with the Iraq Levies and goes on to the major airborne operations in which he took part (Bruneval, Tunissia, Sicily, Italy, Arnhem,) and continues with his experiences as a prisoner and the reconstruction of the Batallion after the German surrender. Though written with modesty and humour, this book is shot through with the fire and determination of the fighting soldier, and throws important new light on many controversies, not only those of Arnhem. This book has became a classic to the literature of the World War II.
Finally, I must point out that it's not a book just and exclusively about Arnhem battle so if that was what you're looking for, I strongly recommend "Arnhem" which is General Urquhart's telling of his experience as the 1st Airborne Division's commander in Operation Market-Garden. His telling of Market-Garden is from that of the 1st Airborne Division and only focuses on the battle in and around Arnhem.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight, 17 Feb 2012
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Whether your interest is specialist or general then this guy gives a rivitting account of his career and his part in some famous campaigns.

Good read, eye opening at times, gives a real feel of honesty and frankness..unlike many accounts of action in WW2.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An fascinating read!, 21 Jun 2011
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An easy reading style, reflecting not only the war years of the author, but also that of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment. Many of the leaser know battles are covered in some detail, which are of particularly interest, mainly because they are not necessarily famous enough to have been written about independently. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the British airborne element of WW11.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!, 10 Nov 2009
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I loved this book. He tells of the problems faced by the Paras at Arnhem in such fine detail and highlights the areas that other accounts (i.e. the film) failed to pick up on.

It's well worth a read if only to understand the mountanous task faced by the men at the start of the battle and the desperation they experirenced after slowly being burned out of their positions.

Well recommended, if a little slow in getting going.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Paras, 4 Aug 2010
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Well written book by the author General John Frost who was actually involved in the history of the 2nd Paras.
Slightly dissappointed that Arnhem which did reflect the title was only a small part of this biography.
I purchased this Book as I lost a close relative at Arnhem - so my obvious interest was there.
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