A riveting account of the Allies' victory at Arnhem by an expert in World War Two battle tactics and history.
An insightful and gripping account of the largest airborne operation in history.
In September 1944, the river Rhine was a serious barrier to the advancing Allied armies in the West who were intent on charging Berlin and ending the war. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery decided to utilise the First Allied Airborne Army consisting of British, American and Polish troops. Codenamed Operation Market Garden, 40,000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines while ground forces linked to relieve them.
But, due to bad weather and German resistance, the operation failed.
In March 1945, a second attempt was planned: Operation Varsity Plunder. This time the plan worked. Despite extremely heavy fighting, they cracked the German line.
Among the thousands of books devoted to Second World War history only a small minority can claim to appeal to a wide audience. But through Lloyd Clark's narrative skill, ARNHEM is surely one of them - Daily Telegraph
Well stocked with dramatic personal accounts and much military detail - Edinburgh Evening News
This is an insightful and gripping account of what is widely considered the greatest airborne battle in history - People's Friend
Lloyd Clark is a senior academic in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Professorial Research Fellow in War Studies, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham. He is the author of several books, including Anzio: The Friction of War and Arnhem: The Greatest Airborne Battle in History, has contributed to numerous others and lectures on military history all over the world. He is a frequent guide to battlefields on four continents and often works on radio and television as both historical adviser and interviewee. He lives in rural Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.