With the Red Devils at Arnhem

Personal Experiences with the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade 1944

Marek Swiecicki

Date Published :
July 2013
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
22 photos, 2 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781907677342
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available
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The Battle of Arnhem remains a much-studied and discussed battle, with an uninterrupted flow of books being published about it. Helion are bringing back into print a fascinating eyewitness account that has remained overlooked since it was last published shortly after the battle itself. The 1st Polish Parachute Brigade played both an important and controversial role at Arnhem. The author, a Pole himself, was attached to the Brigade, saw action at Arnhem and managed to escape capture and return to Allied lines. He penned his account within weeks of returning, and as a result With the Red Devils at Arnhem has a tremendous freshness and appeal sometimes lacking in material written years afterwards. He offers a vivid insight into the experiences of the Poles at Arnhem, written in an exciting and lively manner.

The Helion reprint has been expanded by airborne forces' expert and author Niall Cherry's additional notes providing further information and context. This book is a forgotten gem within the canon of Arnhem literature.

About The Author

Marek Swiecicki was born on July 1, 1915 in Odessa, Russia. He received an M.A. from the University of Warsaw in 1939. He has received the Polish Cross of Valor, the French Croix de Combatants, the British Defence Medal, and starts for the French, German and Italian campaigns in the Second World War.

He is the author of With the Red Devils at Arnhem, Seven Rivers to Bologna, Ostatni rok wojny, Pasazer na gape, Z mikrofonem przez historie, Z mikrofonem przez USA.


"I have no hesitation in recommending this book. You get a sense of the real Arnhem, albeit written at a time when self-censorship and the realities of control over the media were all embracing."

- War in History

"Marek Swiecicki, a Polish war correspondent attached to the Polish Parachute Brigade, has herein written his own revelatory account of what took place around the Dutch city of Arnhem in September 1944. Replete with a number of very telling black and white photographs, this book is surprisingly fresh, just as it is succinct in both translation and literary manner.”"

- David Marx Book Reviews

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