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The Battle for Arnhem 1944-1945 (Paperback)

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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.

The book shows this both in text and in many wonderful (black and white) photographs. Another interesting read from a great author !

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Flyin' and Ridin' Blog, Francois A. Dumas

As a wargamer of World War Two I have a great interest in all aspects of this operation and I am very keen to recreate parts of the Arnhem battle. An airborne assault on a canal bridge or an armoured column under attack on a long road. There are many great ideas here. The photographs are fantastic and show many scenes of all the engagements and situations throughout the campaign. The writing is very clear and concise and accompanied with some very informative maps. Tracking the action and linking it to the pictures is easy and it makes for an excellent read. If you have any interest in Operation Market Garden and the Battle For Arnhem then this book is for you.

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Colonel Mustard Blog

A part of the "Images of War" series, using high quality photographs to describe the entirety of the Market Garden operation, beginning with the aftermath of the Normandy campaign and Germany's chaotic retreat through France, and then the build-up to what was the largest airborne operation in history. Included are photographs of key personalities and carefully selected views of some of the equipment used, from gliders and anti-tank guns to small-arms. Chapters cover events at Eindhoven and Nijmegen, but Arnhem receives the most attention, and while a number of the photographs have been published many times before they are nevertheless more clearly presented than most, and numerous much lesser known ones have been included which have rarely appeared elsewhere if at all. The book closes with a selection of photographs showing the seldom glimpsed second and successful attempt to liberate Arnhem in 1945.

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Pegasus Archive

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Chiznoids

A very interesting if brief look at the Arnhem campaign and aftermath. Unusually enough it concentrates more on the 30 Corps side than the more well-known aspects and is none the worse for that IMO.

This is a lavishly illustrated book of 125 pages. mainly sourced from a small photographic unit with 1 Airborne Div. The text is clear but sometimes frustratingly brief given the small page count, but this is more than balanced by the photographs.

The only somewhat bizarre bit is a small section on the film "A Bridge Too Far". which mainly focuses on Bogarde and Browning and just feels stuck in there for no real reason.

But for anybody interested in this battle or as a modelling reference it's an excellent buy at £14.99.

Andy Kay, Army Rumour Service, July 2019

An interesting book by an "Anthony Tucker-Jones" that never ceases to amaze us. And if, as much as my reviews try to be as neutral as possible, my words can't hide that it's one of my favorite authors.

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Miniaturas JM

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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Firetrench

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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Armorama

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.

Mail Online

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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 prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military historian. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan War.

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