Market Garden Volume 2 (Hardback)
Then and Now
VOLUME 2 of this two-volume history of Operation ‘Market-Garden’ continues the story as XXX Corps links up with the 82nd Airborne at Nijmegen which leads to the dramatic and spectacular capture of the vital bridges there over the Waal river. But at Arnhem the tide of battle has already turned. The main force of lst Airborne is thrown back to Oosterbeek, leaving John Frost’s isolated force to fight it out till the end. As the Polish Brigade is dropped south of the Rhine, and the ground army desperately tries to relieve the beleaguered British paras, down in the south the Germans launch repeated attacks on the narrow corridor in an attempt to cut the Allied supply artery. As savage battles rage for possession of ‘Hell’s Highway’, the airborne battle is lost and on September 26 the survivors of lst Airborne are evacuated back across the Rhine.
PART IV: IN SEARCH OF TIME LOST The Second Link-Up: XXX Corps reaches Nijmegen • First German Attacks on the Corridor • 1st Airborne Division, September 19 (D+2) • Arnhem Bridge, September 17-21 • The Allies capture the Nijmegen Bridges. PART V: THE BATTLE IS LOST The 43rd (Wessex) Division moves up • Hell’s Highway • VIII and XII Corps cover the Flanks • The Guards are stopped short of Elst • The Polish Parachute Brigade lands at Driel • The Third Link-Up: XXX Corps reaches Driel • The Long-delayed Last Lift • PART VI: THE OOSTERBEEK PERIMETER The Perimeter Battle, September 20-25 • The Evacuation • PART VII: AFTERMATH • A German Appraisal of Operation ‘Market-Garden’ • Combined index for Volumes 1 and 2
VOLUME 1 covers the mounting of the operation and the crucial first two days of the battle. The story opens with the planning and preparation of the double undertaking — of ‘Market’ by the newly created First Allied Airborne Army in the UK and ‘Garden’ by the British Second Army on the Belgian-Dutch border. The scene then switches to describe the German military situation in the Netherlands on the eve of battle. The massive initial airborne landings of September 17, 1944, are then recounted. The break-out battle by the Guards Armoured Division, spearhead of the ground army, is…By Karel Margry
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