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A Drop Too Many
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on 22 June 2012
1. Iraq (1)
2. Home Again (14)
3. The Bruneval Raid (37)
4. Aftermath (56)
5. Maison Carrée (66)
6. Oudna (77)
7. Retreat From Oudna (92)
8. Oudna Aftermath (101)
9. Happy Valley (113)
10. Battle of Tamera: Phase One (126)
11. Battle of Tamera: Phase Two (152)
12. Sicily (169)
13. Italy (186)
14. U.K. Interlude (193)
15. Arnhem (203)
16. Prisoner (233)
17. Rehabilitation (243)
18. Representation (248)
19. Last Thoughts (256)
Index (262)

271 pages (including 16 with b/w photographs and over 15 b/w maps). Hardcover: 14x22 cm.

John Dutton Frost, son of Brigadier General F.D. Frost of the Indian Army, was born in 1912. After a conventional education at Wellington and Sandhurst he was gazetted to the Cameronians (Scottish rifles), with whom he served in England and Palestine, later being seconded to the Iraq Levies.
On return to the UK he became one of the first parachutist and fought throughout the war with the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. After the war he held a series of staff appointments until being made Commandant of the support Weapons wing of the School of Infantry. He then commanded the 44th Parachte Brigade TA before becoming GOC of the 52nd Lowland Division District. His last appointment was GOC Malta and Lybia while he commanded the Malta Land force.
General Frost was awarded the Military Cross, the distinguised Service Order and Bar, was a Companion of the Bath annd Grand Officer of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. After retiring from the Army in 1968 he took up farming in West sussex, where he reared beef cattle. He was also active in many aspects os local affairs. He died in 1993.
General Frost's story is, in effect, that of the Battalion. His tale starts with the Iraq Levies and goes on to the major airborne operations in which he took part (Bruneval, Tunissia, Sicily, Italy, Arnhem,) and continues with his experiences as a prisoner and the reconstruction of the Batallion after the German surrender. Though written with modesty and humour, this book is shot through with the fire and determination of the fighting soldier, and throws important new light on many controversies, not only those of Arnhem. This book has became a classic to the literature of the World War II.
Finally, I must point out that it's not a book just and exclusively about Arnhem battle so if that was what you're looking for, I strongly recommend "Arnhem" which is General Urquhart's telling of his experience as the 1st Airborne Division's commander in Operation Market-Garden. His telling of Market-Garden is from that of the 1st Airborne Division and only focuses on the battle in and around Arnhem.
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on 18 December 2009
Lt Colonel John Frost was the commander of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, which dropped at Arnhem in Holland and was virtually wiped out over a period of 3 days, holding on, unsupported, to the north end of the Rhine bridge (the "Bridge Too Far"), in the face of continuous attacks by German forces enormously superior in numbers and equipment. The book is about the whole of his career, culminating in the battle of Arnhem during which he was wounded and captured. For anyone interested in things military or in WW2 it is a fascinating read. Col. Frost himself is a slightly old-fashioned, "huntin', shootin', fishin'" sort of character. He tries to get a game of polo or a game-shooting trip whenever he is off duty, is completely "stiff-upper-lip" about the horrendous events he relates, and gives almost nothing away about his personal life.

But when he is fighting his determination is heroic, and his men are equally extraordinary. The Germans of the crack 9 and 10 Panzer Divisions, who had fought on the Russian front, said the Paras at Arnhem were the fiercest enemy they had ever faced. Operation Market Garden was the worst Allied disaster of the war, a sort of land-based Dunkirk but with far more casualties. Of the 10,000 who landed at Arnhem only 2,000 got out. The rest were killed or taken prisoner. It was planned by the usually cautious Montgomery, who seems to have had a brainstorm that day. And approved by Eisenhower. The German army was in full retreat, the Allies were victory-happy and over-eager to get to Berlin by Christmas. If they had, it would have changed the history of post-war Europe radically, because the Russians were still in Poland. So they failed the whole world for 40 years afterwards when they planned Market Garden so inadequately. It's easy for me to say that, of course. The other books worth reading are the original "A Bridge Too Far" by Cornelius Ryan, which the Attenborough film was based on, and "Arnhem", by Major-General Robert Urquhart, the commander of the 1st Parachute Division, of which the 2nd Battalion formed part. Ryan is the best and most comprehensive writer, but the others have an intensity that comes from having actually fought for your life there.
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on 19 December 2017
Very, very pleased with condition of book.
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on 12 August 2017
Great book.
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on 8 July 2015
A really brilliant read, the battle in Arnhem has always been one of my historical area's and as the man in the centre this was a must. Funny in places, sad in places, everything you want a autobiography to be and then just some more. Very recommended
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on 22 July 2014
Written with a dry matter of fact tone that is rather alien to us in this modern day block buster military book. Here is a man clearly a superb leader, dealing with intensely dangerous situations with calm assurance. Truly a breed apart and alas the type of person all too rare now. A fascinating read. Recommended.
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on 11 January 2017
Enthusiasm and dedication, a group of well trained, fine upstanding men. Warriors from all times gathered together, in our name for freedom
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on 11 July 2016
Excellent account of the battle for Arnhem and the formation of the paras. Such a sad loss of fine men
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on 1 January 2016
Excellent you can see that the film a bridge to far was not 100% true but it doesn't detract that it is was a good film
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on 22 November 2015
Another excellent book from Stackpole Military History Series! I have yet to be disappointed with the quality of theses books!
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