Major-General Urquhart commanded the 1st British Airborne Division in Operation Market Garden, the greatest airbone assault of World War II, the struggle to capture Arnhem and win control of the bridge across the lower Rhine. The story of the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem involved not only an Airborne Corps of three Divisions but also the bulk of the British 2nd Army in Europe. Gen. Urquhart has told the story of those fateful nine days clearly, frankly and, despite the terrible circumstances, not without humour. It ranks as an important work, describing an operation which opened with such high hopes and left its name forever as a feat of the highest endurance and valour.
If you were to mention the greatest airborne assault of World War Two most historians would think of Arnhem and for good reason. The battle to capture and control the bridge across the lower Rhine is something that many authors have based books on however as Arnhem is written by Major-General Urquhart who commanded the 1st Airborne Division in OPERATIONS MARKET GARDEN it gives this book a truthful insight into the battle that arguably previous authors haven't fully captured. Through powerful prose backed up by related maps, the truth about the nine days at Arnhem is illustrated and follows an operation that began filled with optimism and ended with it's name forever engraved in history as one of the most brilliant and honored victories.John (Customer Review)
Arnhem is an altogether well-rounded and enthralling account of the greatest airborne assault of the Second World War - Operation Market Garden. The operation objectives were to seize control of a number of crucially important bridges along the Rhine in Germany and the Meuse in the German-occupied Netherlands. Major-General Urquhart, then commander of the 1st British Airborne Division, provides a first-hand account of that operation in vivid detail. He skillfully transports you into the story by telling it first-person, which ultimately allows you see it through his eyes. To further enhance the experience, simple yet detailed illustrations accompany the rich story to give the reader a helpful sense of geographical awareness. The book, as a whole, is well-structured and, it is fair to say, jam-packed with interesting stories and accounts. Rare is the seamless combination of a lion-hearted, conquering Major-General and an admirable ability to write in a steady stream of creativity. This book is as entertaining as it is harrowing and I would advise it not only to those with an interest in wartime history but also to those with a passion for a good, absorbing story.Jeff Bond (Customer Review)
For nine days in World War Two, the British Airborne Division were commanding a mission known as Operation Market Garden, this mission was to capture Arnhem and win control of the bridge across the lower Rhine, a mission that eventually included the bulk of the British 2nd Army. The operation was divided in two, airborne and ground support, the airborne been known as Market and the ground support been known as Garden, thus the meaning of the name of the operation. This book is written by the man who commanded the British Airborne Division, Major-General Urquhart, and he tells quite clearly and frankly the story of those fateful nine days and how important this operation was, also giving us an insight into an operation that was the highest feat of endurance for soldiers during the war.Sue (customer review)