A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle by Cornelius Ryan

By Cornelius Ryan

<big>THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of global conflict II </big>

A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the conflict of Arnhem, which marshalled the best armada of troop-carrying plane ever assembled and value the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.

during this compelling paintings of historical past, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the conflict in Europe in 1944 through shedding the mixed airborne forces of the yankee and British armies at the back of German traces to seize the the most important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. targeting an unlimited forged of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal squaddies and commanders -- Ryan brings to lifestyles essentially the most bold and ill-fated operations of the conflict. A Bridge Too Far fantastically recreates the fear and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which led to sour defeat for the Allies.

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Kampfgruppe Philipp from the 306. Infanterie-Division was located 17km (10½ miles) to the south. Having given most of his available flak guns and personnel to von Heinemann, Fiebig had only a token force of 200 Luftwaffe personnel and six flak guns deployed to defend the base perimeter. com The Raid Arriving at the command bunker next to the control tower, Fiebig hesitated to order the emergency evacuation of Tatsinskaya without some kind of approval from higher headquarters, even though his communications with Luftflotte 4 were already disrupted by the Soviet raid.

Com The Raid off. One Ju-52 was successfully flown out by a Luftwaffe signals officer with no previous flying experience – a gifted amateur. v. Gr. v. Gr. v. Gr. v. 22), two Ju-88 bombers (from I/KG 51) and two Ju-88 reconnaissance planes (from 3(F)/10). A vast store of supplies was captured at the base and in the town, including 300 tons of aviation fuel, three warehouses full of food and five warehouses of ammunition. There were also stocks of bombs and aviation spare parts at the airfield. In addition, all the fuel trucks and engine warming trucks were lost, which would make it difficult for Fliegerkorps VIII to continue the airlift from other airfields.

In the later stages of the raid, some of Nechayev’s T-34 tanks had apparently exhausted their main gun ammunition and they began ramming the tail sections of Ju-52 transports on the flight line, in order to prevent their take-off. Within 30 minutes, most of the aircraft that could take off were gone and more Soviet troops were arriving on the airbase all the time. At least part of the 54th Tank Brigade began entering the north-west corner of the base in the last moments of the evacuation. Fiebig left his bunker shortly after 0900hrs and saw Soviet tanks driving into the base.

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