Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle, 17-26 September (Penguin by Martin Middlebrook

By Martin Middlebrook

It wasn't till many months later that floor forces captured Arnhem in traditional battling. It had actually been "a bridge too far". This e-book includes interviews, study of British and varnish airborne forces eager about Arnhem, German forces and Dutch civilians stuck up within the conflict. The e-book makes an attempt to hide the broader scene of the yankee airborne landings and the test by means of flooring forces to arrive Arnhem.

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The original members of the 1st Battalion were Britain's very first parachute troops. They were men who had volunteered after Dunkirk for transfer to a force described as being formed 'for parachute training or independent mobile units'. Those volunteers who were accepted became No. 2 Commando, stationed in billets on the outskirts of Manchester and carrying out parachute training at nearby Ringway. Most of this unit became the 11th S A S in November 1940 but was then redesignated 1st Parachute Battalion in September 1941.

The Airlanding Brigade's night landing in Sicily had been very costly. Airlanding battalions were much larger than both the standard infantry battalions and parachute battalions. There were four rifle companies instead of three and four platoons in each company instead of three, giving a total of sixteen rifle platoons compared with only nine in the parachute battalions. Their platoons were slightly smaller, however, in order that each could land complete in a Horsa glider, the standard load of which became twenty-six men, a handcart containing the platoon's ammunition reserve and a small motorcycle.

T h e division was a keen, well-rested force eager for action, although the long wait in England and the many cancellations had created a degree of staleness, so the division was not battle-sharp. It was also going into action for the first time as a complete division, under a new commander with no airborne experience, and with a plan whose implementation would require considerable skill even in favourable conditions. The glider-pilot units which carried much of 1st Airborne to Arnhem were not part of the division.

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