Ryan, Cornelius A Bridge Too Far
New York Popular Library 1977 0445083735 / 9780445083738 First Thus Mass Market Paperback Good+
Spine/covers slightly creased, corners bumped, some edge wear to covers and spine. Some darkening.
"On the narrow corridor that would carry the armored 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, 64 miles behind the German lines, that worried Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning, Deputy Commander, 1st 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.'"
An excellent recounting of arguably the most daring plan ever proposed by Montgomery, but one that ended as a brutal defeat. Striving to breach the German frontier in the fall of 1944, before the Allied armies ground to a halt due to lack of supplies, Eisenhower embraced Monty's idea and set in motion the biggest airborne assault of all time. Ryan brings Operation Market-Garden to life with extensive interviews of participants and civilians from both armies.; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall