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Britain's bestselling historian's #1 bestselling account of the classic WW2 folly.

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aero engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the vast air armada of Dakotas and gliders,carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He gazed up in envy at the greatest demonstration of paratroop power ever seen.

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war.

The British fascination for heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths, not least that victory was possible when in fact the plan imposed by Montgomery and General 'Boy' Browning was doomed from the start. Antony Beevor, using many overlooked and new sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of this epic clash. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780670918676

    April 16, 2019

    Penguin General UK

    480 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • Hardback

    9780670918669

    June 15, 2018

    Viking

    496 pages

    RRP $65.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241326763

    May 28, 2018

    Viking

    496 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • Arnhem
    Antony Beevor

    EBook

    9780141941295

    May 31, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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