Antony Beevor – The Battle of Arnhem

The prizewinning historian and internationally best-selling author of D-Day reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem in this gripping new account.

On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany’s parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division.

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.

Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, American, British, Polish, and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called “The Last German Victory.” Yet The Battle of Arnhem, written with Beevor’s inimitable style and gripping narrative, is about much more than a single dramatic battle – it looks into the very heart of war.

Author: Antony Beevor
Narrator: Sean Barrett
Duration: 16 hours 47 minutes
Released: 18 Nov 2009
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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not only is this the best World War II book I have heard but the narrator was also excellent. he was very pleasant to listen to and I could clearly understand everything that he said and it kept my interest. The story itself was gripping and this particular author has a way of putting a story together from so many different accounts it makes you feel like you have the actual battle in front of you.