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A Bridge not far Enough
on 22 October 2017
A great description of military incompetence. Following the three main groups of action in the detailed way that he made famous for D-Day, the bridge at Arnhem seems to get further and further away as Operation Market Garden progresses. Good input from the German side, who were initially surprised and then reacted faster than the prepared but poorly led Brits.
The book ignores the basic mistake made by Monty and his planners, that even had they crossed the river at Arnhem there was still another river, the Amstel, that they would have to cross to reach Germany. It was A Bridge not far Enough.
The sacrifice of Dutch, American and British lives for what was a pointless exercise in testosterone between Patton and Montgomery should teach any boy who reads this not to join the army.
The film is pretty much taken word for word from this book, and only adds colour and the poignancy of knowing the result.