Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle, 17-26 September (Penguin history) Paperback – 28 Sep 1995
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However, I was somewhat disappointed that Mr. Middlebrook failed to follow the formula that made his World War II bombing campaign books so absorbing. In those books, he examined every aspect of the aerial battles from the points of view of the allied aircrews, the German defenders (on the ground and in the air), and the victims of the bombing themselves.
In "Arnhem 1944", Mr. Middlebrook has avoided looking at the battle from the German perspective. In his introduction, he stated that he originally had every intention of doing so, but while he was carrying out his research, a comprehensive history on the Germans' experiences in that battle was published, causing him to drop that aspect from his research. Unfortunately, Mr. Middlebrook fails to quote from that German history, with the result that the reader feels, to some degree, like the allied defenders must have done: impressed by the determination and ferociousness of the German attacks, but never knowing about the extent of the resources available to the Germans. Just a hint of the Germans' thought processes throughout the battle would have balanced out the book considerably.
That criticism aside, this is still an excellent piece of work, which General John Hackett, a senior participant in the battle, calls "without question the best book published so far on the Market Garden operation." Who can argue with someone so well qualified to assess this book?
Some affecting stories with good reasearch and good illustrations make this a complete package.
I also bought the the Battlefield Guides on the Bridge and the Landing Grounds but these can be a little confusing as incidents over several days took place in the same area. This book sets out the chronology well and is a good place to start.
If visiting the area I would recommend all three and make sure you read them before travelling. The battlefield itself has not changed much and is a fascinating and moving experience.
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What can you say about Martin? It's another of his meticulously researched masterpieces.Published 6 months ago by Pat B.
Very informative, if you're interested in the Battle for Arnhem then this book is a must!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant Purchase, 1st edition in really good condition with extras that I wasn't expecting so a lovely surprisePublished 15 months ago by Mrs. D. Earnshaw
The best book on the battle of Arnhem.Excellent first hand accounts of the battle that clearly was going to fail even before the boys had left home.Published 23 months ago by gareth a dennett