- 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)
Arnhem on the Horizon: The Story of WWII Glider Pilot Sgt Johnny Wetherall
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
You dont have to be an expert to enjoy the book, a great personal tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing account of one mans journey through WW2 ...we should never forget the sacrifices they made and I think these books should be read in schoolPublished 1 month ago by hotdog
A fantastic book detailing the exploits of one of the veterans from operation market garden. A very moving and memorable read.Published 3 months ago by Will Potts
A very good read to be read in conjunction with A Street in Arnhem and It Never Snows in September.Published 7 months ago by Doc
Interesting subject - would have made a better story with out the swearingPublished 7 months ago by Derek .
This book is great fun while telling the story and also
gives a good account of some of the events of WWII.
I highly recommend it