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By Cornelius Ryan

THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of global warfare II

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

In this compelling paintings of heritage, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the struggle in Europe in 1944 by means of losing the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies in the back of German strains to seize the the most important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. concentrating on an enormous solid of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal squaddies and commanders -- Ryan brings to lifestyles the most bold and ill-fated operations of the warfare. A Bridge Too Far beautifully recreates the fear and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which resulted in sour defeat for the Allies.

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Thus on 1 September 1939, before the declaration of war, there was a blackout and there were no longer public weather reports. There was mass evacuation of children from the major cities, which were left without schools or social services. Hospitals were emptied in readiness for mass casualties. Parts of government ministries were also evacuated: bits of the Admiralty went to Bath, Food to Colwyn Bay and Air Ministry production to Harrogate. For a 35 b r ita in ’ s wa r m ac h i n e fortnight east coast ports closed before a single bomb had fallen.

Once more, the government had made ready long before. The left argued that these defensive preparations were inadequate. It demanded more protection: scientists and architects of the left campaigned for better gas protection and serious deep shelters. The Communist Party launched a powerful campaign against the policies of Sir John Anderson as head of ARP and later Home Secretary. 91 When it came, the bombing was considerably less intensive, and less deadly, than was expected. This was true even of its most intense phase, the Blitz, which lasted from September 1940 to March 1941.

These were themselves very different from what they were later supposed to be. The British elite believed Britain would win not because of its martial and militant qualities, but because of its industrial and economic strength. 2 This was far from an idiosyncratic position. 3 In its issue of 2 September 1939, it was, from today’s perspective, remarkably sanguine about the future. It noted that it was a ‘commonplace nowadays . . ’ Given this, the outlook for Britain was good, since Britain was in a particularly strong position to fight such a war.

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