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Arnhem

Autor: Antony Beevor
Sprecher: Sean Barrett
Spieldauer: 16 Std. und 46 Min.
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Arnhem by Antony Beevor, read by Sean Barrett.

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the 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 this massive demonstration of paratroop power.

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 could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel and lasted until the end of the war.

The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. 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.

©2018 Antony Beevor (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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A very good compendium on the battle.

A lot of books have been written about the “Battle of Arnhem” and even some movies were shoot, but not many dared to put this battle into the bigger context and name the errors of the involved leaders on all sides. And while most Anglo-American publications ended right after the dramatic climax of the battle, Beevor also covers in full detail the aftermath and so covers not only the costly retreat but also the impact of it onto the Dutch civilians, who had high hopes for their liberation and who took great risks to help the allied forces in the grim hours of the battle.

This book offers a very good mix of perspectives of soldiers and civilians from English, American, Dutch, German and even Russian side, it tells about the errors and acts of heroism and everything between. It unites the high-level planning view with those of the pilots fighting in the air and of the soldiers in the ditches.

The book is very well written and also the speaker is very good, avoiding all the 'drama' modern publications often like to use.