- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: After the Battle (17 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1870067479
- ISBN-13: 978-1870067478
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 7.2 x 30.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Operation Market-garden Then and Now: v. 1 & 2 (Then & Now) Hardcover – 17 Sep 2002
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But I recommend getting this book if you're interested in the Market-Garden offensive - it will challenge everything you thought you knew about the battles, and open your eyes to a whole new level of understanding of what happened.
The first thing is to put Market-Garden into its proper context. It is very easy to read a history of the Normandy battles, ending with the breakout and pursuit from the beachhead, and then read about Market-Garden as if there was no connection. In August 1944 the German army in the West was in a state of near-collapse, and the Allies made numerous plans to use their airborne forces to capture key points, only (as this book makes clear) to see their land forces race ahead and capture them before the airborne landings could take place. Montgomery's audacious gamble to out-flank the Mass/Meuse river makes a lot more sense with this in mind - although of course with hindsight we know that from September onwards, the German armed forces managed to regroup in the natural defences along the border with France, as the Allied forces out-ran their supply lines.
The main body of the book is a detailed history of each section of the offensive (the British paras, the US 82nd and 101st, and the British XXX corps land attack) which seems to run through the battles almost minute-by-minute, but with so much going on, the narrative never drags.Read more ›
The story starts with remarkable photos of General Eisenhower taking the salute of the U.S. 82nd Airborne at Stoughton airfield, British paratroop inspection on Oakham school's playing field and anxious American paratroops waiting for the off. Margry then follows the story through to the battle's brutal climax.
A sign of the power of this work is the strong emotion that every photo invokes. From pride and pity, to thanksgiving that we did not have to experience the war, this enveloping work is the next thing up from actually experiencing the battle. But there is also amusement, from a snarling captured British paratrooper giving the German photographer a reverse V for victory two-fingered salute as he marches past, to the pathos of one of his less fortunate dead comrades slumped, head down as if in prayer, suspended only by his webbing caught on a garden fence.
The secret of After the Battle's success is in the sheer detail and plethora of previously unseen photographs that each work contains. With over 2500 photographs over 750 pages, this lavish two-volume slipcased set will provide hours of interest and is truly the last word on the subject. It is exceptionally difficult to write a critical review of their flawless publications and once again they have managed an eleven out of ten.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb! Volumes one and two cover all you need to know on this subject.Published 9 months ago by M. Watkins
excellent books, good quality paper and very detailed text. I previously bought both volumes of D-Day which were also excellent.Published on 14 July 2014 by Anthony Norris
There is no doubt that the then and now series of books are the best on the current market for the serious follower of subjects covered by all these books. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Gerald Shaw
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