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The worst allied disaster of the war ?,
This review is from: A Bridge Too Far (Wordsworth Military Library) (Paperback)
I have read many books on the many battles of World War II but this one is by far the most superior.
Forget any notions you may have that Montgomery was a great military leader and tactician. This book exposes the truth about the greatest prima donna serving on the allied command, forget Patton.
Monty's push for this operation claimed that an Airborne 'carpert' of men and supplies dropped over German held Holland would open up a corridor for the Tanks of XXX corps to roll through and thus spill into Germanys industrial heartland, the Rhur, was a fantastic plan with fantastic failures.
The book describes in detail the courage of the allies to overcome an army they thought was in diseray and retreat and found they could not have been more wrong.
The British Airborne drop around Arnhem is the main crutch of the book, it tells the reader in absolute detail how 8000 troops were dropped in and around the town and how less than 2000 made they're way out after finding Bittrich's Panzer battalion stationed there. The grim reality of the Allied commands, and in particular, Monty and his staffs knowledge of the situation prior to the drop makes the book absoloutley riveting.
My great uncle is a veteran of the Arnhem drop and when asked for his opinion on this book he simply said 'it's all here'.