The Devil’s Birthday: The Bridges to Arnhem, 1944 :: Geoffrey Powell soon to be presented for sale on the wonderful BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Buchan & Enright, 1984, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page without provenance. Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs (plates); Maps; List of sources; Illustrated lining papers;
From the cover: Operation Market Garden Eindhoven, Nijmegen, Arnhem, 17 September 1944. British and American parachutists and glider-borne troops land in German-occupied Holland; at the same time, XXX Corps tanks spearhead a sixty-mile dash along Hells Highway to link up with the lightly armed and heavily outnumbered airborne forces. The real prize is the last of the bridges over the major waterways that have to be captured the bridge over the Neder Rijn at Arnhem that, taken intact, will provide the Allies with a back door into Germany; the famous bridge too far.
For all the brilliance of its concept, and the gallantry of its execution, Market Garden Montgomerys attempt to bring the war in Western Europe to a swift end was a disaster. The elite airborne forces that made up the Allied strategic reserve ceased to have any use as a vitally needed reserve; the Dutch people suffered catastrophically; German…
Introduction by: General Sir John Hackett
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little wear to the edges of the dust wrapper, nicked at the tail of the spine, with the price clipped. The contents complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 276 pages. 9¼” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I entrance you with a variety of books within my Military History catalogue?