Air War Market Garden Series


Air War Market Garden series of reference books

All these titles are available to purchase from Pen and Sword.

Contents:
- Air War Market Garden: A Bridge Too Far - By Martin Bowman..
- Air War Market Garden: Shrinking Perimeter - By Martin Bowman..
- Air War Market Garden: So Near and Yet So Far - By Martin Bowman..
- Air War Market Garden: The Build Up to the Beginning - By Martin Bowman..

 


 

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Air War Market Garden: A Bridge Too Far

By Martin Bowman

Air War Market Garden: A Bridge Too FarDescription:

This, the fourth and final volume of the series on Market-Garden in September 1944 reveals the final fate of the troops at Oosterbeek and the decision to evacuate all able bodied men in Operation 'Berlin' as well as the subsequent Operation 'Pegasus' when the Allies tried to return as many beleaguered troops back to Allied lines as possible. Was Arnhem indeed 'a bridge Too Far'? While 'Market-Garden' certainly was a heroic failure conducted at great cost it is debatable whether it contributed materially to the ultimate victory or was a foolish sacrifice of thousands of troops, aircrew and Dutch civilians in an ill-conceived assault on the German-held bridges across the Lower Rhine.

There is no doubting the gritty, gallant and valorous contribution on the part of the British, Dominion, American and Polish paratroopers, the RAF and USAAF aircrews and their German opponents and Dutch civilians. Their incredible, illuminating and often under-stated accounts of extraordinary courage, camaraderie, shared terror and encounters with the enemy offer a more personalised view of 'Market-Garden' through the words of those who were there at the heart of the action. These tales are complemented by the author's background information supplemented by the inclusion of daily timelines that give an overall picture of each battle and air operation.

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Air War Market Garden: Shrinking Perimeter

By Martin Bowman

Air War Market Garden: Shrinking PerimeterDescription:

The third volume of this four-part series on Operation 'Market-Garden' in September 1944 draws on many individual soldiers and airmen's narratives to tell the story of the ongoing fight to keep the Hell's Highway' open to relieve 1st Airborne at Arnhem, and the brave attempts to re-supply them from the air. 

As in previous volumes, this account offers a unique perspective on all aspects of aerial activity during this pivotal operation. 

This volume tells of the Allied effort to retain supremacy in the skies. Individual tales of gallantry work to humanize the account, rooting the action very much in the human experience of conflict. Such tales include the never to be forgotten story of the 'Angel of Arnhem' and the acts of chivalry that existed on both sides - even among battle hardened units such as the SS Panzer Grenadiers. All are unique in the annals of war. These and the other personal recollections of Allied soldiers and airmen and their German adversaries tell of extreme courage, camaraderie and shared terror under fire. And they are complemented by the author's background information that puts each narrative into wartime perspective.

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Air War Market Garden: So Near and Yet So Far

By Martin Bowman

Air War Market Garden: So Near and Yet So FarDescription:

This is the second volume in a meticulously researched four-part series that provides a comprehensive insight into the aerial exploits at Operation 'Market Garden' in September 1944. In an interesting method of presenting the information, the author's arrangement of British, American, Dutch and German personal narrative interspersed with factual material offers a more personalised view of the war through the eyes of the hard-pressed Allied airborne troops who were actually there in the thick of the action.

They take you steadily through the bitter house-to-house fighting in Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem and the fanatical attempts to keep open the narrow road to permit XXX Corps to reach and relieve Colonel John Frost's men, outnumbered and out-gunned at Arnhem Bridge. They reveal the frustration and bitter disappointment in the battles of the drop zones, the bloody fight for the bridges across the Rhine and the almost suicidal second and third lifts to re-supply the troops holding on precariously, fighting desperately, tenaciously and bravely to prevent their positions being overrun in the face of overwhelming enemy superiority. Stories of individual heroism act to humanize this period of wartime history which is often reduced to mere facts.

Timelines detail the day to day events happening in all areas of the battle both on the ground and in the air and also add weight to the story in hand, whilst carefully selected archive images work to supplement the text perfectly.

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Air War Market Garden: The Build Up to the Beginning

By Martin Bowman

Air War Market Garden: The Build Up to the BeginningDescription:

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 unparalleled 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.

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