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Poles Apart: The Polish Airborne at the Battle of Arnhem Hardcover – 1 Apr 1993

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Sarpedon Pub (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962761354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962761355
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,934,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very good,a lot of new information of WWII from Polish point of view of the battle of Arnhem.
It is not a history book, but a true story of one man who lead a Polish paratroopers into the battle.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x946ac024) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93eef810) out of 5 stars A book worth hunting for. 18 Jun. 2000
By Mitch Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lets a admit one thing, in the movie "A Bridge Too Far" you favorite charater was General Sosabowski, played by Gene Hackman. If it was, or you have ever had any interest in The General, the Polish Independant Parachute Brigade, or the battle of Arnhem, you must read this book. The author is an expert on the Polish military, and his great writing comes through in this work. The book tells the tale of Sosabowski, and his men from the fall of Poland in 1939, to thier heroic action in Operation MARKET GARDEN. The book is told from the soldiers view, which graphically comes alive for the reader. It also cover the units history (Rather the personnel) up until 1992. One of the best unit histories that I have read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93eef870) out of 5 stars Under-rated heroes 15 Sept. 2010
By Steve Medforth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for fans of 'MARKET GARDEN'. The often under-rated and barely mentioned efforts of the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade have finally be justified with this highly engrossing book. It is actually surprising how much input the Polish had in the creation of the British airborne forces (especially in terms of training methods like the jump tower)as well as there efforts in trying to relieve the besieged British fighting across the Lower Rhine.
Gen Sosabowski's dream was to drop with his brigade into Warsaw and liberate it from both the Germans and the incoming Russians. Such zeal was not appreciated by the flamboyant British General Browning who wished to utilise the Poles for his own aspirations of power within the airborne world; the end result was having the Poles come under British command for the fatally flawed Operation 'MARKET GARDEN'.
All this is covered in detail and I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in both the battle and the unfortunate politics that went on behind the scenes. It highlights very well the fact that the main reasion behind the often sluggish advances of the Allied armies in North-West Europe during 1944 was not caused by the Germans but by self-serving Allied generals who cared more for their reputations than actually winning the war - all at the cost of unnecessary casualties.
With so much written (and rightly so) about the Red Berets at Arnhem, it is refreshing to read a book on the Gray Berets. Tobie Ojczyzno
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x945ea0fc) out of 5 stars The 1st Brigade Gospel 5 Jan. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There have been hundreds off books written about the British airborne forces in the battle of Arnhem, but this authors have seem to forgot how important the polish contribution to the battle was.
Cholewczynski's book can be considered the gospel on this subject, its one of the only (if not the only) and most up to date books on the subject written by an outsider of the brigade.
With a lot of interviews with the members of the brigade and other people involved in the events, he has managed to create an easy to read day-by-day account that can be enjoyed by WWII enthusiasts as by new readers on the subject as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93f63738) out of 5 stars Tells the Whole Story 14 Mar. 2012
By johcafra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As earnest an attempt to depict the largest airborne assault as were both Cornelius Ryan's book "A Bridge Too Far" and its film adaptation I'd long felt the role of the Polish Parachute Brigade merited more attention.

This book does just that. I'm glad Amazon helped me find it.
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