Item No. ATB BK-040
Operation Market Garden Then and Now Vol.1 & Vol.2 Boxed Set w/ Slip Case
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VOLUME 1 covers the mounting of the operation and the crucial first two days of the battle. The story opens with the planning and preparation of the double undertaking - of 'Market' by the newly created First Allied Airborne Army in the UK and 'Garden' by the British Second Army on the Belgian-Dutch border. The scene then switches to describe the German military situation in the Netherlands on the eve of battle. The massive initial airborne landings of September 17, 1944, are then recounted with equal attention to each of the three airborne divisions involved. The break-out battle by the Guards Armoured Division, spearhead of the ground army, is likewise illustrated with an unprecedented wealth of photographs. The second day of the operation, September 18, sees the Guards reaching the 101st Airborne at Eindhoven, making their first contact with the airborne army.
PART I: OPERATION 'MARKET-GARDEN'
The Creation of First Allied Airborne Army
The Planning of Operation 'Market-Garden'
The Battle of the Belgian Canals
Second Army prepares for Operation 'Garden'
The German Situation in the Netherlands
PART II: THE FIRST DAY
Preliminary Bombing Operations
The 101st Airborne Division
The 82nd Airborne Division
The 1st Airborne Division
The XXX Corps Break-Out
PART III: LOSS OF MOMENTUM
The 101st Airborne Division takes Eindhoven
The First Link-Up: XXX Corps reaches Eindhoven
101st Airborne Division: The Second Lift
82nd Airborne Division: The Second Lift
Bomber Resupply for the American Divisions
1st Airborne Division, September 18 (D+1)
Index for Volume 1
Hard cover, Large format, 12" x 8.5", 336 pages, 1064 photos and maps.
VOLUME 2 of this two-volume history of Operation 'Market-Garden' continues the story as XXX Corps links up with the 82nd Airborne at Nijmegen which leads to the dramatic and spectacular capture of the vital bridges there over the Waal river. But at Arnhem the tide of battle has already turned. The main force of lst Airborne is thrown back to the Oosterbeek perimeter, leaving John Frost's isolated force at the road bridge to fight it out till the end. As the Polish Brigade is dropped south of the Rhine, and the ground army desperately tries to relieve the beleaguered British paras, down in the south the Germans launch repeated attacks on the narrow corridor in an attempt to cut the Allied supply artery. As savage battles rage for possession of 'Hell's Highway', the airborne battle is lost and on September 26 the survivors of lst Airborne are evacuated back across the Rhine.
PART IV: IN SEARCH OF TIME LOST
The Second Link-Up: XXX Corps reaches Nijmegen
First German Attacks on the Corridor
1st Airborne Division, September 19 (D+2)
Arnhem Bridge, September 17-21
The Allies capture the Nijmegen Bridges
PART V: THE BATTLE IS LOST
The 43rd (Wessex) Division moves up
VIII and XII Corps cover the Flanks
The Guards are stopped short of Elst
The Polish Parachute Brigade lands at Driel
The Third Link-Up: XXX Corps reaches Driel
The Long-delayed Last Lift
PART VI: THE OOSTERBEEK PERIMETER
The Perimeter Battle, September 20-25
PART VII: AFTERMATH
A German Appraisal of Operation 'Market-Garden'
Combined index for Volumes 1 and 2
Hard cover, Large format, 12" x 8.5", 416 pages, 1328 photos and maps.
Boxed Set Price: $169.90