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Arnhem on the Horizon: The Story of WWII Glider Pilot Sgt Johnny Wetherall

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 131 pages
  • Publisher: David Pasley (6 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910097543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910097540
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In September 1944, around 1,300 men piloted military gliders from England to the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden. Among them was Sgt Johnny Wetherall, a 19 year old Glider Pilot from Oxford. During the battle which ensued Johnny was wounded and captured, taking him on a journey across war torn Europe. This true story follows his time training as a Glider Pilot, fighting in the Battle of Arnhem, lingering in prisoner of war camps and his eventual, unconventional journey home to England. It has been pieced together using letters and accounts from Johnny and fellow pilots from his Squadron, and is combined with an overview of wider events of the time to tell the real story of what these men went through. - Review from The Eagle (Journal of the Glider Pilot Regimental Association): "This is the first in a series of Arnhem linked books from the Author and he is off to a good start. If you are looking for a short personal story that helps you to navigate through the events of September 1944 then this is a great example. I enjoyed the intimate feel of the narrative and it has just the right balance of maps and photographs to help place the reader on the ground amid the chaos of the battle. Yes, thumbs up for a really enjoyable vignette of a Glider Pilot at Arnhem." - Arnhem on the Horizon is the first in the Arnhem Chronicles Series. Discover more about this and our other titles on the Baverstock and Pasley website.


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Countless books have now been written about Operation Market Garden, more generally referred to as 'Arnhem', that it would be easy to dismiss any new projects as unnecessary. However, in this instance, that would be a great mistake. Here, David Pasley tells the story of his Grandfather Sgt. Johnny Wetherall a member of the Glider Pilot Regiment who took part in one of the most famous battles in modern history.

I found it easy to read without being dull, informative without being stodgy and extremely moving. Many books written so long after the war can be rather removed from the human element of warfare, refreshingly David paints a fully rounded picture of his Grandfather which makes a refreshing change.

The book explains the overall plan of action for the battle and interlaces Sgt. Wetherall's experiences throughout, including the uncertainty of capture.

I'm fortunate to have many books relating to Market Garden, the Glider Pilot Regiment and British Airborne Forces as well as general Second World War accounts, I'm more than happy to sit this book alongside any of those on my bookshelves. You should be too.
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Having been involved with Arnhem related material for over 20 years now, there is a tendency for authors to repeat material that has been covered over and over again. It is doubly refreshing therefore to firstly, read the personal story of one of the members of the Glider Pilot Regiment who took part in Operation Market-Garden. And secondly, for that story to have been collated and put into print by the Glider Pilots' grandson. The smaller personal stories are what makes Arnhem, and the people who fought there, "come alive". An excellent read through and through. I hope this book sets the precedent for other family members of the Veterans to set down in print all of the small individual stories out there before they get lost in time.
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Generally I would not have read this type of book, anything military would usually go to the bottom of the pile, however my husband had left it on the coffee table having said he had found it a very enjoyable human story, not his usual masculine response.

So, intrigued and with a bit of time to myself, I picked it up and started to read it. Over the next three days, I could be seen flicking through its pages, much to my husband amusement, but I honestly did struggle to leave it alone.

So what did I think of it, I fell into the book head first. It is written in a style that just grabs you and pulls you in, at times I actually felt I was there.Its not what I call a war book and my husbands description of it being 'human story' was spot on. A book for anyone, not just dusty old men in camouflage. Well written Mr Pasley you actually held off a Jackie Collins novel from being finished, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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A fantastic personal account of one man's part in the biggest airborne operation of WW2 which also provides an accessible overview of Operation Market Garden to those who may be new to the subject. Highly recommended!
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An very good book that describes vividly what one young man went through, along with so many others to fight (and in many cases die) for the freedom we now have. A very human story as well as excellently researched.
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What a great book, gives a good basis of what was going on in the 'bigger picture' to allow you to place where Johnny was during it all.
You dont have to be an expert to enjoy the book, a great personal tale.
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I bought this on the recommendation on Facebook I don't read very much but am glad I did what a great book makes you appreciate what you have now
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I would recommend this book to anyone with a keen interest in the Battle for Arnhem.. Well worth your time and money....
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