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A Bridge Too Far Is Cornelius Ryan S Masterly Chronicle Of The Battle Of Arnhem, Which Marshalled The Greatest Armada Of Troop Carrying Aircraft Ever Assembled And Cost The Allies Nearly Twice As Many Casualties As D DayIn This Compelling Work Of History, Ryan Narrates The Allied Effort To End The War In Europe InBy Dropping The Combined Airborne Forces Of The American And British Armies Behind German Lines To Capture The Crucial Bridge Across The Rhine At Arnhem Focusing On A Vast Cast Of Characters From Dutch Civilians To British And American Strategists To Common Soldiers And Commanders Ryan Brings To Life One Of The Most Daring And Ill Fated Operations Of The War A Bridge Too Far Superbly Recreates The Terror And Suspense, The Heroism And Tragedy Of This Epic Operation, Which Ended In Bitter Defeat For The Allies

10 thoughts on “A Bridge Too Far

  1. says:

    Cornelius Ryan has a knack for writing military histories that are incredibly accessible I m a far cry from being an armchair general I didn t grow up playing Risk, and my primary point of reference for distinguishing between aircraft carriers and destroyers is the number of pegs required to sink them in the game Battleship and even then I manage to mix them up Don t get me wrong, Ryan s trio of WWII accounts The Longest Day, The Last Battle , and A Bridge Too Far tell you who was doing what, when, and where there are plenty of references to squadrons, troops, battalions, and divisions However, Ryan s works are full of smaller stories that give my mind something concrete to hold on to, and provide a ground on which to build the larger narrative I figure that if you really want to know the ins and outs of Operation Market Garden , there s plenty of excellent material out there including this book the quick and dirty version is basically that it was the largest airborne operation to date, took place in the Netherlands and Germany and was not a success So, I m now gonna go with the Jeff approach I co opted for my review of The Last Battle , and dish out some assorted bits and pieces that stuck out along the way Frenemies From WithinWorking with other people is never easy In retrospect, it s easy to think of the Axis and the Allies as unified fronts, but as usual there s way nuance to the story Honestly, it wasn t really until I read Panzer Commander The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck that I began to consider the difference between a German soldier and a Nazi So, contentious relationship number one is between the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel , and der F hrer, Adolf Hitler Rommel loathed Hitler, and with good reason because, in September of 1944, Hitler s orders to Rommel et al in the Western front were suicidal and insane Long of the short, Rommel was part of a plot to assassinate Hitler, and then Hitler basically let Rommel kill himself Meanwhile, the Allied leadership wasn t exactly having an easy time of things Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery aka Monty , above right wasn t the only diva Supreme Allied Commander DDE had to deal with, but he definitely earns himself a nomination for Most Difficult Colleague for Market Garden which was, after all, his show Monty s intentions were good he wanted to march straight into Berlin and end the war for once and for all However, in addition to demanding absolute priority for all resources, and declaring that he simply couldn t wouldn t work with Patton, Monty s plans were a bit offhanded One Lieutenant Colonel describes the slipshod orders to the effect of First, we ll take this bridge then that one and hop this river It was at Monty s HQ that Lieutenant General Frederick Browning tried to challenge the Field Marshall But, sir, I think we might be going a bridge too far The best one liner regarding Monty, though, definitely came from Ryan s interview with Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands who said My country can never again afford the luxury of another Montgomery success Yes, this LZ The logistics were a mess The 82nd Airborne Division s initial success, with 89% of troopers hitting their drops, and 84% of gliders making it within 1,000 meters of their Landing Zone LZ , proved to be the exception, rather than the rule The 101st Airborne Paratroopers below had danger coming from all directions, including themselves One Private, after dropping a match into an oil drum, was the only member of the 101st jumping into Holland with no eyebrows Oh, and by the way, gliders are not the same thing as airplanes something that first time glider pilots attempted to communicate with leadership without much success But, nevertheless, their dedication was impressive One of the pilots of the IX Troop Carrier Command even managed to get his jumpers into the green light zone despite the fact that his plane was on fire Myrtle the Parachick and Ryan s knack for weaving anecdotes in with military maneuvers makes it all feel real Lieutenant Pat Glover had a chicken, Myrtle, who d accompanied him on six prior training jumps He described that this rather gentle pet would wait patiently on the ground for me to land and collect her Though Myrtle made the jump successfully, she, like so many others, died in the trenches on the ground in the ensuing battle Glover buried her with honor and properly with her badge of rank as befitted those who died in action I m never a fan of bringing birds, or any animals into battle, this story reminded me of the fact that each fallen soldier was than just a number.4.5 5 stars but I m happy to round up, since the Ryan WWII trilogy was overall great and Ryan was dying while finishing this one up.

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    I found this a terrific rendition of a disastrous Allied campaign in World War 2 to break through into Germany at Arnheim in the Netherlands in September 1944 Prior to the time it was published in 1974, the Market Garden failure hadn t received much attention by historians In terms of scope, its massive deployment of over 40,000 airborne troops delivered by parachute and glider was larger than used in D Day or in Italy The incursion of 15 17,000 Allied casualties made it a costly disappointment to the dream of ending the war by the end of the year Ryan masterfully presents the background planning, the efforts of commanders to fulfill the plan, and the tough realities faced by the common soldiers and Dutch civilians at the sites of battle He obviously spend years meticulously researching available sources and he applies his journalist skills as a former war correspondent to breathe life into the stories and perspectives of many individuals caught up in this complexly evolving battle.The plan emerged with Field Marshall Montgomery pushing Eisenhower to hold on advances toward Germany across a broad front and commit resources on a focused salient through the Netherlands, thus allowing an attack on the critical industries of the Ruhr At that time, the Allied momentum through France after D Day was running out of steam due to supply logistics that still depended on inadequate landing sites in Normandy, frustrating Ike s prime eager beaver Patton The Belgian port of Antwerp was recently captured, but the Brits failed to make it secure for use by clearing out nearby German forces Ike apparently was swayed by Monty s added argument over the high priority placed by the Brits on stopping V2 rocket attacks originating in the Netherlands.The plan Monty s generals drew up called for a simultaneous drop of forces at three sites to seize critical bridges the Market followed by sending the ard infantry of the XXX Corps up the highway from Belgium and across the liberated bridges the Garden Some ard vehicles and small artillery pieces could be dropped, but not sufficient to hold out long from major tank or artillery attacks by the Germans The American 101st and 82nd Airborne Division forces were expected to be relieved within one and two days, but the British 1st Airborne Division target on the Arnheim Bridge across the Rhine was expected to hold for four days The deputy commander of the First Allied Airborne Army, General Browning, is quoted as commenting to Montgomery I think we may be going a bridge too far The landings on the first day were amazingly successful, despite the bold plan of a daytime drop The awesome spectacle of thousands of paratrooper transports, gliders, and supporting tactical fighter craft is captured well in the narrative We get quite a human element with a things they carried perspective These included cases of a pet rabbit, pet chicken, dancing shoes, and a football The local Dutch everywhere believed total liberation from the Nazis was at hand and took to the streets in a holiday atmosphere Things began to go to hell fast for the Brits near Arnheim The landing zone selected was miles from the bridge so surprise was not possible It turned out that an SS Panzer division and the headquarters of Field Marshall Model was nearby Only about 700 men under Colonel Jack Frost were available to successfully advance and take one side of the bridge others had to secure the landing zone and perimeters for another drop of forces planned for the next day Bad weather delayed subsequent drops including the eager Polish 1st Parachute Brigade under Major General Stanis aw Sosabowski , so all forces landed had to deal with progressively organized responses by the Germans Intelligence had failed to predict their true capacities A serious technical glitch in radio communications foiled effective collaboration of separated Allied contingents or guidance of supportive.air attacks The XXX Corps advance was slow due to well defended strategic bottlenecks, the narrow two lane road, and easy targeting on flat unprotected terrain Much heroic action is covered, but the weaknesses in the plan were fulfilled in spades The plie up of contingencies calling for every single bridge in a long traverse to be taken was the most telling Achilles Heel for the plan Still, Colonel Frost held one side of the Arnheim Bridge for 8 days under hellish conditions of their buildings being bombed to rubble and wounded piled up in basements One scene made me cry At one point the Dutch resistance and ordinary townspeople piled up bodies in the Arnheim streets as barricades to slow the Germans down The Dutch resistance wanted to actively help, but for the most part were snubbed by orders on high to cut them out due to fears of compromise by spies.When the plug was pulled, there followed some sad scenes of retreat, surrender, and abandonment of wounded by the Arnheim forces Small canvas boats were used to ferry men across the river at night under fire many had to swim Experiencing scenes like this does for me in paying homage to the sacrifices involved in this war than famous military victories I loved Stephen Ambrose s Band of Brothers which followed a company from the U.S 101st Airborne Division from D Day to the capture of Hitler s mountain lair This read was almost as satisfying Some of the emotional power of the former was not possible because of the broader range of figures covered in this account.

  3. says:

    As others have pointed out before A Bridge Too Far was something of a ground breaker Operation Market Garden was a forgotten battle in the annals of World War II Forgotten by all except those who fought it in it both sides and those who survived it soldiers and civilians Yes there had been a few books and a couple films about the failed operation In 1954 Clark Gable starred in a movie called Betrayed that blamed the failure on a traitor within the Dutch resistance which made for great drama, but wasn t the case The Allies did it to themselves In 1974 many did not know about Market Garden It had been forgotten It was acceptable to examine the many Allied defeats from the early years of the war, even required But there was an unspoken agreement that only victories were studied from 1943 At least that s my perception as I look at popular histories WWII from the fifties and sixties.Ryan ignored that Understanding and wrote in depth about the defeat It was his last book and one that took an almost superhuman effort to finish because of the cancer that was killing him.The result is that Ryan s last book is his best He examined an Allied defeat using his detailed first hand account approach He got those people who were involved in the campaign some long overdue recognition As Ryan was writing the book he was also fighting Cancer and I believe that the sense of his impending end gives the book a sense of gravitas that his other two books also excellent didn t have The sense of doom is almost palatable which is very appropriate considering the subject matter A well written popular history account of World War II battle Detailed enough for those who are oriented to military history, but not too specialized for the layperson.

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    I read Ryan s book many years before becoming involved in any wartime experience and I was stunned to observe how accurately his vision portrayed combat I had always heard about how our airborne units were deployed along a highway in Holland, but the true scope of the venture wasn t understood by me until I read this book It s a true manual in large troop deployment and how things can go so terribly wrong.

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    UPDATE REVIEW Fantastic but unrealistic That s Eisenhower s first reaction and opinion upon hearing Montgomery s plan regarding Operation Market Garden Fantastic and realistic That s Erie s hey, that s me first reaction and opinion after he finished this book DIMHO, this book remarkably evokes what happened behind one of the biggest military gambling in history Ryan fastidiously portrays the ambitious plans which resulted in Allies casualties than the entire Normandy landing In September 1944, after launching the successful D Day, Allies assertively unleash Operation Market Garden The successful operation will lead them directly into the rear of the German lines The Allies could swing into the Ruhr, the industrial heart of the Reich The object according to General Browning is to lay a carpet of airborne troops down over which our ground forces can pass That maneuver might well bring about the total collapse of Germany Well, at least that s what Allied Commander believe Montgomery in particular A really I mean, really, really wild scheme intended to put en early end to WW2 by invading Germany.BUT we all know that Operation Market Garden which also the greatest airborne operation of the history of war ended up in failure Many aspects such as faulty coordination between units that involves in this operation, an unexpected rugged defense from Germany, incoherent intelligence, bad luck, and worse weather led this operation into a disaster.Great book I have no hesitation giving five stars for this book.baca ulang lageeee..gara2 secara tak terduga nemu edisi indonesianya jadi penasaran lagi baca ulang edisi inggrisnya meski pala sedikit senut2 e book sih Baca edisi Indonesianya terus terang bikin geli ada kalimat2 ato kata2 yang rada2 aneh didengernya Misalnya, Betul negeri Belanda hanya kecil saja, hanya sebesar Jawa Barat, akan tetapi penduduknya padat.prasaan cornelius ryan gak nyebut jawa barat deh di edisi aslinya DPemakaian bahasa nyeletuk yang bikin geli Misalnya, jendral anu nyeletuk, Mayor anu nyeletuk Kesannya mereka yang lagi berperang ini suka becanda deh, heheheContoh lain, percakapan antara Jendral Model dan Jendral Bittrich Saya lagi mencari tempat untuk markasku yang baru Anda tahu saya lagi diincer terus nih Kesannya ini dua Jendral akrab banget deh, sosobatan ti leuleutik ceuk orang sunda mah, heheheYang bikin heboh adalah pemakaian kata ini. tentara itu berteriak, Masya Allah dia tertembak Hahaha, Masya Allah Gue sempet mikir kalo tentara2 ini lulusan pesantren D

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    The detailed, well written story of Montgomery s uncharacteristicly daring plan to force open a path through Holland into Germany and end the war by Christmas, and how that plan failed Montgomery, defending himself, pointed out that the Allies reached 90% of their objectives Unfortunately, a road that takes you only 90% of the way to your destination is useless, and in this case, tragically expensive in terms of causalities I wouldn t have minded a few details about the 101st and 82nd airborne s corridor Ryan concentrated, with reason, on the British 1st airborne and the Polish brigade and their actions around Arnhem Despite the doomed nature of the endeavor, the way Ryan writes and the courage shown by those involved means I highly recommend this book to anyone with any interest in WWII history If it seems a little longer than you re wanting to tackle, at least rent the movie I feel the quote at the beginning of the book from Major General Urquhart s memoirs, is worth quoting here in full On the narrow corridor that would carry the ard drive, there were five major bridges to take They had to be seized intact by airborne assault It was the fifth, the crucial bridge over the Lower Rhine at a place called Arnhem, sixty four miles behind the German lines, that worried Lieutenant General Frederick Browning, Deputy Commander, First Allied Airborne Army Pointing to the Arnhem bridge on the map he asked, How long will it take the armor to reach us Field Marshal Montgomery replied briskly, Two days, Still looking at the map, Browning said, We can hold it for four Then he added, But, sir, I think we might be going a bridge too far

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    A classic Required reading for every military person What s amazing is how almost this exact plan was war gamed prior to the war and failed exactly like the real plan failed I ve been looking into Airborne operations lately as I just wrote a scene where one of my characters parachutes into France on D Day the biggest drop ever I went through jump school a long time ago let s say I saw Alien in the post theater at Benning the night before my first jump and then served in the airborne in Special Forces and was a jump master What is surprising is how unsuccessful large scale airborne operations have been throughout history The Germans took Crete but their losses were staggering For Normandy, most point to the chaos and confusion sown by the chaotic and confusing drop Some objectives were taken and the bravery of the men can t be denied But it appears that no one really wanted to take a hard look at how it all worked Which led to a Bridge Too Far I remember traveling the attack route during Reforger with the 1st Cavalry Division The people still loved Americans all along the way.Cornelius Ryan s style is a great mixture of fact and story telling I have enjoyed all his books.

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    Great tale of Market Garden A few year later when they were filmingthe flic in Holland, I just happened to be there checking out theforrests where divisions Hohenstauffen and Frundsberg had beenhiding I heard they were asking for extras to be soldiers andI raced to the site, but no luck for me Still a great relatedmemory Also check out It Never Snows in September a great book fromthe German perspective of this battle.

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    Probably the best book written about a single operation in WWII, A Bridge Too Far chronicles the ambitious plan of Montgomery to airlift troops into Holland, capture the bridges and cross the Rhine, culminating in the defeat of the German Panzer units on the other side It was and still is one of the greatest Allied defeats of World War II Many plans begin with the chilling phrase, Home By Christmas Well, this was the ultimate Home By Christmas plan and ended ingloriously The book details the very pointed philosophy on Monty get the troops behind German lines via paratroopers, then on the other side, crush them with armor Sandwiched between the two sides, the Germans would be defeated in droves The book then details the planning and the shear mass of the invasion it was actually a bigger overall operation than D Day And it was as much a failure as D Day was a success For starters, the book makes no bones Monty was the wrong man to listen to in 1944 the book, by inference, leads the reader to believe who was George Patton The Allies were coordinating too many troops in too many places with far far too many variables The book does a superb job explaining these moving parts to the reader complete with very well detailed maps without making the reader feel overwhelmed Its a very good and clean read But the book s most striking portrayal is of the enemy the German high command in the West, reeling from a string of defeats, simply puts together its best points a fearsome infantry backed by energetic and intuitive leaders and officers punctuated with the zeal to succeed They then luck into many situations, most notably, the Allies ineptitude, and over thinking.The book details the average solider on both sides and what they went through the sheer terror of being dropped into enemy positions to trying to defend against the might of England and the US without any real support from back home as most resources were being diverted to the East All in all, the stories the soldiers had to tell range from terrifying to unbelievable there is one of a retreating American platoon zigzagging all night with what they believed was a British platoon later they learned it was a German platoon hot on their heals The book also pulls no punches this was, in part, a German success, but most notoriously an Allied failure It had all the earmarks of a failure too many troops, too many immediate objectives, too much considerations to commanders, too many troops fighting too many enemy troops with too many variables The books paints a grand design in how all this went foul In the interests of full disclosure, one of the reasons I love this book is because it is the story of how my grandfather got into Europe 82nd Airborne, 325th Glider , and where he did his fighting it what turned out to be the most important war in Western Civilization I take a personal interest in the story because its his story Therefore, view my ranking accordingly.

  10. says:

    The title says it all