Facebook X YouTube Instagram Pinterest NetGalley
Google Books previews are unavailable because you have chosen to turn off third party cookies for enhanced content. Visit our cookies page to review your cookie settings.

The Battle for Arnhem 1944-1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Arnhem WWII > Photographic Books

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 125
Illustrations: 160
ISBN: 9781526730015
Published: 3rd April 2019



You'll be £14.99 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase The Battle for Arnhem 1944-1945. What's this?
+£4.99 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £40
(click here for international delivery rates)

Order within the next 8 hours, 4 minutes to get your order processed the next working day!

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

Other formats available Price
The Battle for Arnhem 1944-1945 ePub (43.0 MB) Add to Basket £4.99

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.

This book is a superb account of Operation Market Garden. I have seen the film numerous times, but this book is better. It gives far more factual data such as how the XXX Corp’s road got cut-off numerous times causing more problems for the Allies. I found this book highly informative and lovely to read. The author has certainly done an excellent job in researching the Operation and the photos he has collated are first-rate. If you want to know more about “Arnhem” then this book is an essential.

Dr Stuart C Blank

In keeping with the ‘Images of War’ series, Tucker-Jones’ book is a re-telling of the key aspects of Market Garden combined with stunning, poignant occasionally funny and often moving pictures. The 129 photographs, all in black and white, are an amazing collection of images of men, machinery, guns, casualties, prisoners, key features, destruction and officers and generals. The combination of easy reading and well-captioned photographs that reward closer inspection will ensure that it is a book that I will be leafing through often.

Read the full review here

James Fisher, Avon Napoleonic Fellowship

As featured by

The Armourer, October 2019

Listed in '5 Best Books on Operation Market Garden'

History of War, issue 72

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

Read the full review here

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.

Read the full review here

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.

Read the full review here

Pegasus Archive

Instagram review via @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.

Read the full Spanish review here

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.

Read the full review here

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

Read the full review here


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.

Read the full review here

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.

Read the full review here


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.

Read the full Italian review here

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.

Read the full review here

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

As featured 'On The Shelf'

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, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Armoured Warfare in the North African CampaignThe Battle for the MediterraneanThe Desert Air WarThe Devil’s BridgeHitler’s Winter and Churchill Master and Commander.

More titles by Anthony Tucker-Jones

Customers who bought this title also bought...

Other titles in the series...

Other titles in Pen & Sword Military...