Book review: A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far is an examination of Operation Market-Garden by Cornelius Ryan. Operation Market Garden was a British-led Allied plan to thrust into Germany to hasten the end of World War II by seizing a number of bridges in the Netherlands through a large airborne assault and an armoured push. The plan was eventually unsuccessful, with troops being recalled from Arnhem because the expected relief from the armoured units did not arrive. Ryan examines the plan as both an event and through personal stories of soldiers involved in the battles, especially at the bridge at Arnhem. The individual recounts from those involved show the ferocity of the fighting as the Germans looked to blunt the attack, whilst the overview of the attack shows how it became bogged down. A well-researched book that provides a thorough recount of Operation Market-Garden.

Rating (out of 5): ****


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