Arnhem book recommendation?

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Arnhem book recommendation?

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What is a good first read covering the 6th Airborne action? Not looking for section-level detail, but would like something well above a Wiki page.

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Not sure you'll find too much on 6th Airborne Div at Arnhem. ;)
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wroops! :oops:

Yeah...posting before coffee = not a good idea! ;)

The Arnhem part was correct, though, so any suggestions?

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"A street in Arnhem" by Robert Kershaw.

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Do you want ton of pictures as well?
If so "Operation Market Garden Then and Now", After the Battle, 2 voll, great books and very detailed. You can easily follow the flow of the battle thanks to hundreds of pictures.
Expensive but worth the price!

If you want specific books about the 1st AB division there are "The Bridge Arnhem" and "Arnhem The Landings Grounds & Oosterbeek" by Frank Steer, detailed, lot of pictures and maps.
Battleground Europe released a whole series about this campaign, if you want more.

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Anthony Beevor's Arnhem is a very good overview introduction.

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I have at least 6 good ones on Kindle but my Fav is Men at Arnhem by Geoffrey Powell

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Beevor and Powell Kindled. Thanks, all.

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Good start 👍

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I found Beevor's Arnhem very readable and quite an eye opener for someone like me who had long known it wasn't the most sensible idea ever but didn't know the detail.

It illustrates how things can quickly get completely out of hand in and around High Command, when people can be persuaded that a half cooked idea suits their aims, even when it shifts into total denial of the chance of success with the material and time available to make things work.

I for one very quickly came to a view of "how the hell was this ever supposed to work?"

Also gives a good view of the disorder on the German side as they scraped together a response and no small admiration for the Paras resistance through shear Bloody Mindedness!

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