16 September 2019
New book on Arnhem released using the voices of the civilians and soldiers who lived through it.
On 17 September 1944 30,000 airborne soldiers dropped 64 miles behind enemy lines into Nazi-occupied Holland; tens of thousands of ground troops raced down Hell’s Highway in tanks and armoured cars, trucks and half-tracks to link up with them. The goal – to secure eight bridges across the Rhine and end the war by Christmas. 10 days later, over 15,000 of those soldiers had died, 6,000 had been taken prisoner.
Operation Market Garden failed and the Allied forces suffered a brutal military defeat. In the 75 years since, tactics have been analysed and blame has been placed, but the heart of Arnhem’s story lies in the selflessness and bravery of those troops that fought, the courage and resilience of the civilians caught up in confrontation, and the pure determination to fight for their lives and their freedom.
This is the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.
In Ballantyne’s Arnhem, we go into battle with not only the famous commanders in the thick of the action, but also with all those whose fates were determined by their decisions. Based on first-hand interviews, military records, and diaries, we witness the confusion and mayhem of war – from the horrific and devastating to the surreal and mundane. But most of all, we witness the self-sacrifice and valour of the men who gave their lives to liberate strangers in a foreign country.
- Agora Books
- ISBN 978-1-9130-9924-9
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