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Steel Wall at Arnhem By David Truesdale

Steel Wall at Arnhem by David Truesdale

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Steel Wall at Arnhem Summary

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

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 was 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.

Steel Wall at Arnhem Reviews

This work is extensively researched from primary sources in archives, and great pains have been taken to locate and tell the stories of individuals who were part of the Brigade, and this is a great strength of the work. * Society of Friends of the National Army Museum *
...this book is a comprehensive and well-resourced account of the maelstrom that 4th Para Bde dropped into. * Eagle *
Some books tell of the exploits that made a difference to the wars. This one by David Truesdale tells a different story, one of utter futility despite the attempts by Churchill and Motgomery to try to persuade people that the operation had made a difference. Heroism of the first order, but at such a cost... * Books Monthly *

About David Truesdale

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.

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GOR011130196
9781911096054
1911096052
Steel Wall at Arnhem: The Destruction of 4 Parachute Brigade 19 September 1944 by David Truesdale
Used - Like New
Hardback
Helion & Company
2016-08-15
288
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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