This is the first volume of a most impressive tribute and accurate four part work that uniquely presents a complete account of the air operations during ‘Market-Garden’ in September 1944 when British, US and Polish airborne troops made a gallant attempt to seize and hold bridges across the Lower Rhine in Holland as a springboard for crossing into Germany. ‘Market’, the airborne part of the operation, was at the time the largest in history. In this unprecedented and insightful account, the exploits of the First Allied Airborne Army are relayed in full detail. Supplemented with historical notes regarding the ground operations, this is sure to offer an unparallelled account of the events as they unfolded in the skies above Holland.
If successful, the war could be over by Christmas. Lulled into a false sense of security, many people were of the opinion; ‘What could go wrong?’ That it did and on such a massive scale is the underlying theme throughout this series. The action was at times very confused, so a narrative of events contained in sixteen timelines at intervals throughout this series cuts through the fog of battle to explain the situation from its overoptimistic beginning to the tragic conclusion. This volume utilises first hand personal accounts as well as a wealth of factual data to create a real sense of the times at hand, setting an impressive benchmark for the rest of the series
AIR WAR MARKET GARDEN: THE BUILD UP TO THE BEGINNING
The first in a four part series on the Battle of Arnhem, aka Operation Market Garden, in September 1944 concentrates on prior preparations and the big build-up to one of the most ambitious – alas over-ambitious – airborne operations ever carried out. Together, the four books are a riveting and truly monumental read.