New book: Aspects of Arnhem, The Battle Re-examined

Almost 80 years on the battle for the Arnhem Rhine crossing remains controversial.Opinion on its justification and success differs widely.
This superbly researched book, written by two acknowledged experts, takes a wide-ranging examination of Operation MARKET GARDEN from the strategic, operational andtactical level. The role of the Allied commanders involved is scrutinised with surprisingresults. For example, US General Brereton’s pivotal role has seldom been mentioned, yet heis revealed as responsible for choosing landing and drop zones.
The record of airborne forces, both German and Allied, prior to September 1944 raisesquestions and the doubt that many senior commanders, including Eisenhower, had as totheir effectiveness is highlighted.
The parts played by VIII and XII Corps of Second Army and General Dempsey, itsCommander are scrutinised, as are the actions of local commanders and troops on theground.
Both those with a deep interest in military history and the layman will find much to informand satisfy them in this valuable and at times provocative account.
About the Author
The author of over thirty published books, Richard Doherty has presented and advised onnumerous programmes for historical series for BBC TV and BBC Radio Ulster. AsChairman of the Irish Regiments Historical Society, he leads battlefield studies, writes fornewspapers and journals and is a trustee of three military museums. Northern IrelandPresident of St John Ambulance, he is also Librarian of the Commandery of Ards in theOrder of St John. In 2020 he was the High Sheriff of Londonderry County Borough.
Taking early retirement in1998, David Truesdale has produced 18 books on military history,concentrating on airborne operations of the Second World War and the role of the Irishsoldier in the wars of the Victorian period.
His first book, written in conjunction with Richard Doherty, Irish Winner of the VictoriaCross, was published in 2000. In 2016, Steel Wall At Arnhem was published, a definitivestudy concerning the role of 4 Parachute Brigade in that action.

• Interest in the Battle of Arnhem remains extremely strong.
• Covers a wide range of controversial issues.
• Particular emphasis on those senior figures involved in the planning and execution ofOperation Market Garden.
• Written by two acknowledged experts on the battle.
• 80th anniversary is in 2024.

Author: Richard Doherty, David Truesdale

RRP: £25
ISBN: 9781399043915

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Olivia Camozzi-Jones, 47 Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AS
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