Steel Wall At Arnhem

The Destruction of 4 Parachute Brigade 19 September 1944

David Truesdale

 
Date Published :
October 2016
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
221 photos and 3 maps
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781911096054
Pages : 344
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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ISBN : 9781911628446
Pages : 288
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Overview
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The deployment of the British 1st Airborne Division somewhere in Europe prior to the end of the War was indeed a case of ‘coins burning holes in the pockets of SHAEF’.

The Allied High Command was anxious to commit to battle a Division that, while it contained some elite units, was not fully trained, had carried out only one divisional exercise and contained several officers who were either unfit or unsuitable for Airborne command.

On Monday 18 September 1944, the aircraft and gliders carrying the men and equipment of 4 Parachute Brigade took off from airfields in the south of England. For the first time from its creation in North Africa the Brigade was going into battle as a unified formation albeit not fully trained and far from experienced.

Within 24 hours the Brigade would cease to exist, having achieved nothing more than the deaths of good men for no good reason. Despite the fine words of Winston Churchill that the operation had not been ‘in vain’ and Montgomery’s ‘90% successful’, there is more logic to be found in the words of the Great War poet Wilfred Owen when he wrote in his poem Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. There were those commanders who were indeed ‘ardent for some desperate glory’. This is a full account of the Brigade and its actions at Arnhem.

About The Author
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David Truesdale took early retirement in 1998 and since then has written for films and television and produced battlefield guides for the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, The First Eagle: the 87th Foot at the Battle of Barrosa, and Regulars by God! The 89th Foot at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.For relaxation he paints in watercolor, listens to good music, drinks red wine and finds that Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1750) and his Oboe Concerto in D Minor has been an inspiration during difficult time in any manuscript.

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