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Steel Wall at Arnhem: The Destruction of 4 Parachute Brigade 19 September 1944

David Truesdale



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Helion & Company
01 April 2019
European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Second World War; Battles & campaigns; Regiments
The deployment of the British 1st Airborne Division somewhere in Europe prior to the end of the war was indeed a case of 'coins burning holes in the pockets of SHAEF'. The Allied High Command was anxious to commit to battle a division that, while it contained some elite units, was not fully trained, had carried out only one divisional exercise and contained several officers who were either unfit or unsuitable for airborne command. On Monday 18 September 1944, the aircraft and gliders carrying the men and equipment of 4 Parachute Brigade took off from airfields in the south of England. For the first time from its creation in North Africa, the brigade was going into battle as a unified formation, albeit not fully trained and far from experienced. Within 24 hours, the Brigade would cease to exist, having achieved nothing more than the deaths of good men for no good reason. Despite the fine words of Winston Churchill that the operation had not been 'in vain' and Montgomery's '90% successful', there is more logic to be found in the words of the Great War poet Wilfred Owen when he wrote in his poem Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. There were those commanders who were indeed 'ardent for some desperate glory'. This is a full account of the brigade and its actions at Arnhem. 221 photos, 3 maps
By:   David Truesdale
Imprint:   Helion & Company
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 170mm, 
ISBN:   9781911628446
ISBN 10:   1911628445
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

David Truesdale retired in 1998 and since then has produced seven books on military history as well as writing for films and television and producing battlefield guides. For relaxation he paints in watercolours following the Kelly and Moffett schools of innovation, photographs wildlife' listens to good music, drinks red wine and finds that Tommaso Albinoni (1671-17450) and his Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op.9, No.2, has been an inspiration during difficult times in any manuscript.

Reviews for Steel Wall at Arnhem: The Destruction of 4 Parachute Brigade 19 September 1944

This is a worthy addition to a wargamer's library on WWII North-West Europe. * Miniature Wargames 11/07/2019 *

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