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May 11, Robert Hepple rated it it was ok. Published in , We Fought at Arnhem tells the story Operation Market Garden in September through the eyes of three surviving veterans.
In practice, this means that around half of the book looks at the specific experiences of these veterans, whilst the remainder gives a more general history of the battle. The book has irritating flaws - the authors technical knowledge is often dubious resulting in numerous errors in detail. Examples include referring to the Hotspur glider as being of flim Published in , We Fought at Arnhem tells the story Operation Market Garden in September through the eyes of three surviving veterans.
Examples include referring to the Hotspur glider as being of flimsy fabric covered construction, when is skinned in plywood, the Panzer III medium tank referred to as a light tank, the Panther tank referred to as armed with an 88mm gun instead of 75mm, a Char B bis tank referred to as a Renault light tank amongst others. The text sometimes has an annoying 'dumbed-down' style, such as when it mentions the Luftwaffe before explaining that this refers to the German Air Force.
As is often the case with unverified anecdotes, most of the German tanks are referred to as Tiger tanks and most of the German anti-tank guns, whether free standing or self-propelled, are referred to as 88mm guns. On the positive side, the text does tell you a lot about the operational issues involved in the battle, but honestly, other books on the subject do this so much better.
We fought at Arnhem : [three soldiers remember the battle for a bridge too far]
Mike Kirkham-ingram rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Allan Harle rated it really liked it Mar 18, Brian rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Derek Fleming rated it really liked it Nov 16, Aidan rated it really liked it Jul 07, Brad Keuning rated it liked it Nov 16, Graham rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Kenny rated it liked it Mar 03, Richard rated it it was amazing Aug 29, Matthew Farrugia rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Tim rated it really liked it Jan 17, Tom rated it really liked it Aug 05, Tom Hatting rated it it was ok Dec 19, Matt Xero rated it it was amazing Dec 23, John rated it it was ok Oct 07, Adam Pincher rated it really liked it Nov 27, Matty rated it liked it Sep 19, Marten rated it really liked it May 11, Focusing on what these three saw and experienced, Rossiter gives a lucid account of the operation as it unfolded, describing vividly the fears of the ordinary soldier and highlighting the almost comical disparity between what was planned and what actually happened on the ground.
The book is excellent on the aftermath of the battle when the three soldiers were taken prisoner and endured a brutal captivity in a German POW camp.
- From Here to There.
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- We Fought at Arnhem.
Genre Military , Nonfiction. Reviewed by Gordon O'Sullivan. RSS feeds are a way of keeping up with new content on the HNS website without having to keep checking back to see if we have added anything new. Pat Gorman was in the 11 th Battalion of the 4 th Parachute Division and tried to fight his way to the bridge through the side streets of Arnhem.
All three men had seen combat in other theatres of the war and each had volunteered for one of the toughest jobs in the military, that of airborne troops.
We Fought at Arnhem – Mike Rossiter
The battle for Arnhem would be the greatest challenge any of them were to face during the war. For all three of them it would end in capture and incarceration in a prisoner of war camp.
Fighting was widespread over a large area.