By Cornelius Ryan
THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide battle II
A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the conflict of Arnhem, which marshalled the best armada of troop-carrying plane ever assembled and price the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.
In this compelling paintings of historical past, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the battle in Europe in 1944 by means of shedding the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies at 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 infantrymen and commanders -- Ryan brings to lifestyles the most bold and ill-fated operations of the conflict. 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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It was a portent o f things to come. T h e Defence o f the Reich arena was becoming a different battlefield altogether. T h e presence o f US escort fighters (henceforth in everincreasing numbers) meant that Luftwaffe pilots no longer enjoyed the luxury o f being able to formate unmolested beyond the range o f the bombers' defensive fire and then decide when, where and how to deliver their attack. Protected by their own fighters, the bombers would be harder to approach. Kills would become more difficult to achieve and losses would inevitably begin to escalate.
Staffel\ both of them established Viermot aces - Feldwebel Alwin Doppler getting his eighth, while Unteroffizier Franz Steiner's Herausschuss was his sixth. The day's total tally of nine heavy bombers had cost the three Gruppen just one pilot killed and one wounded. The Focke-Wulfs had not finished with the Flying Fortresses yet, however. After a succession of running battles with other Gruppen, the bombers were intercepted by I. /JG 26 as they made their way back out over the Low Countries. Hauptmann Karl Borris' I.
Stajfel upon its activation in February 1942. /JG 1 in March 1943, he had added a further 17 victories to his previous 13 kills. All but four of his later successes had been US heavy bombers. He was also credited with two 'final destructions' which, although they had earned him a point apiece, were not classed as victories by JG 1. '. Hauptmann Harry Koch had been awarded the German Cross in Gold on 17 October 1943, but many were of the opinion that his final score of 30 enemy aircraft destroyed fully merited the Knight's Cross.
A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II by Cornelius Ryan