Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle, 17-26 September (Penguin by Martin Middlebrook

By Martin Middlebrook

It wasn't till many months later that flooring forces captured Arnhem in traditional battling. It had actually been "a bridge too far". This booklet includes interviews, examine of British and varnish airborne forces inquisitive about Arnhem, German forces and Dutch civilians stuck up within the conflict. The e-book makes an attempt to hide the broader scene of the yank airborne landings and the test through flooring forces to arrive Arnhem.

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Most of the volunteers were infantrymen but suitable volunteers from other arms were also accepted. There was a strong Guards presence in those parachute battalions which were raised in England; former Guards officer Browning ensured that a proportion of senior N C O s in particular came from that source and imposed their high standards of discipline in the parachute battalions. Once accepted for training, the volunteer then had to complete a parachute course run by the R A F at Ringway (now Manchester Airport).

Just over half of these had seen action before; the average age was twenty-seven. Nearly all were from the home countries of the United Kingdom, the only known exceptions being the Canadian officers, the Germans and Austrians in the Independent Company, a few Rhodesians in 156 Battalion, two South African officers who could speak Dutch and a French officer who had been attached to 156 Battalion for one of the proposed drops in France and, in the absence of orders returning him to his own forces, volunteered to drop at Arnhem and would die there.

His Dakota was named ' T h e Pie-Eyed Piper from Barnes' - Barnes being the part of London he came from - with a caricature of Jimmy with his whistle leading a column of R A F 'types'; he is described as 'a veritable bunter of a man, a great boost to morale'. The squadrons of ex-bomber aircraft in 38 Group were not overworked in the period between D-Day and Arnhem. They practised glider towing regularly and supply dropping sometimes but were unsuitable for general transport work. Their only operational flying at this time was the dropping of supplies, agents or S A S parties to the Resistance, mostly in France.

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