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The Battle for Arnhem 1944-1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 125
ISBN: 9781526730015
Published: 3rd April 2019



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Operation Market Garden, September 1944, the Netherlands. Three parachute drops and one armoured charge. The prize was the last bridge at Arnhem over the Neder Rijn. Taken intact it would provide the Allies with a back door into Germany – the famous ‘Bridge Too Far’. This was one of the most audacious and imaginative operations of the war, and it failed, and Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history is a vivid introduction to it.

In a sequence of almost 200 archive photographs accompanied by a detailed narrative he describes the landing of British and American parachutists and glider troops. At the same time British tanks spearheaded a sixty-mile dash along ‘Hell’s Highway’ to link up with the lightly armed and heavily outnumbered airborne forces.

Most books about the resulting battle concentrate on the struggle at Arnhem and the heroism of the British 1st Airborne Division. This book puts that episode in its wider context. In particular it focuses on the efforts of the US 101st and 82nd airborne divisions to hold off counterattacks by German battlegroups during the tanks’ advance.

The photographs give a dramatic insight into all sides of a remarkable but ill-fated operation which has fascinated historians and been the subject of controversy ever since. They also portray, as only photographs can, the men who were involved and the places and conditions in which the fighting took place.

Anthony Tucker-Jones has written an interesting account of the Battle for Arnhem using original archive pictures, most taken by the British 1st Airborne Division. These images have proven over the years to be iconic and helped to explain and define the battle... This is an excellent book and well worth reading.

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GoodReads, Paul Diggett

The attempt to drive a corridor through German lines in the Netherlands to shorten the war was a gamble that very nearly came off completely.
- Highly Recommended

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An excellent catalog of images related to the tragic Operation Market Garden- Battle for Arnhem. The Battle for Arnhem has confounded military historians for years.

Argunners, Christopher 'Moon' Mullins

There have been many books on the subject of Arnhem and this new Images of War title from Anthony Tucker-Jones provides an interesting mix of the archive photos and the introductory text that introduces each chapter. The story of Operation Market Garden is full of 'What ifs' and I like the way Anthony has addressed so many of them, even those which will never really have an answer. A vital element I think is that it looks at all the elements of the operation, not just in Arnhem itself, but with the other contributions of the two US airborne divisions and that of 30 Corps in driving up the 60 mile route towards the Arnhem bridge.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This offering from Pen and Sword as part of their ‘Images of War’ series is another great addition to that series. This book I feel can be best described as a visual history of the events that took place from Operation Market Garden and covering the events prior, during and after its failure. It makes clear in my mind that the failure of the operation cannot be placed at the feet of the men who fought the battle, but rather a number of misconceptions on the part of the Allies as to how the Germans would react to it. The text is well written and I found it a very enjoyable aspect of this title that is intended to be a photographic history of events.

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As the series title, Images of War, suggests this book contains a large number of rare photographs. The images come from both sides of the battle and from the wider context of the American airborne and British 30 Corps armour trying to relieve the paratroopers. I find it remarkable that all these photographs come from the author’s own collection. They are all captioned some with most interesting details.

Clash of Steel

Another beautiful book full of images and facts about a well known battle that deserves to be remembered.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

Another very handy title from the ever-growing Images of War series, this book comprises over 150 black and white photographs, mostly archival, but some more contemporary, and some illustrating stuff slightly off-topic, but all combining very nicely to give a fairly full picture of Operation Market Garden... A useful, interesting, inspiring and easy read.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

Here, photographs complied by historian Anthony Tucker-Jones, shows how the Allies's plan came undone and the Germans showed, despite their defeat on D-Day, that they were still a force to be reckoned with.

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Wargames Illustrated, April 2019

This book in the excellent ‘Images of War’ series delivers a good narrative of the Arnhem operation coupled with good photographs illustrating the battle. The maps are excellent and support the outline description of the events. A good introduction to the Market Garden operation or a worthwhile supplement to more detailed examinations that might already be on your library shelf.
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide.

Michael McCarthy

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He is the author of numerous books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Tiger I & Tiger II, T-34: The Red Army's Legendary Medium Tank, The Panther Tank: Hitler’s T-34 Killer, The Battle for Budapest 1944-1945 and The Panzer IV: Hitler’s Rock. For further information his website can be found at www.atuckerjones.com.

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