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By Cornelius Ryan

ISBN-10: 1439126712

ISBN-13: 9781439126714

THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide struggle 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 warfare in Europe in 1944 through shedding the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies in the back of German strains to trap the an important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. targeting an enormous solid of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal infantrymen and commanders -- Ryan brings to existence the most bold and ill-fated operations of the struggle. A Bridge Too Far fantastically recreates the phobia and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which resulted in sour defeat for the Allies.

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The following day Ponte Olivo did indeed fall to Allen's men, who also inflicted further losses on the livorno Division, and Niscemi fell on the 14th. The breakout phase of the Allied invasion involved the 1st Infantry Division pushing northwest from Ponte Olivo toward the high ground running between Caltanissetta and Enna, and from there making for the northern coast, thereby cutting the island in two. The movement began on the 16th, with the division fighting off Group Ens of the German 15th Panzergrenadier Division.

The 1st Division, which had embarked from Algeria as ships in Mers el Kebir that the Royal Navy unleashed part of General Omar Bradley's US II Corps under Patton and was part of the first Operation 'Catapult'. The sinking of French vessels assault wave, joined an invasion force comprising 2,500 ships of all types and and the great loss of life were reasons why Vichy 160,000 troops. Opposing them on Sicily were the 230,000 troops of varying quality French resistance was somewhat stronger than of General Alfredo Guzzoni's Italian Sixth Army and 40,000 Germans, the latter anticipated.

Many senior German commanders, including von Kluge, advocated such a strategy following 'Cobra', but Adolf Hitler refused their request and ordered a counterattack, Operation 'Luttich', that was to drive through Mortain in the direction of Avranches. The 1st Division, which had its headquarters in the vicinity of Juvigny-Ie-Tertre by the first week of August, would have faced the SS-Ied spearhead of the German attack but was in fact withdrawn from the line on 6th August. Its replacement, the US 30th Infantry Division, played a distinguished role in defeating 'Luttich', which opened the following day and was effectively defeated within 48 hours.

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