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

By Martin Middlebrook

It wasn't till many months later that flooring forces captured Arnhem in traditional combating. It had actually been "a bridge too far". This e-book includes interviews, examine of British and varnish airborne forces fascinated 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 through floor forces to arrive Arnhem.

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Recent reinforcements had often come from Young Soldiers Battalions in which recruits were held after completing basic infantry training, which resulted in the glider battalions containing the youngest soldiers at Arnhem, some of them only eighteen years of age. All glider troops, whether infantry or other arms, wore the maroon beret which was the mark of all 'airborne' soldiers in those days, not just of parachute soldiers as today. The performance of the glider battalions at Arnhem gives the impression that they may have lacked a little of the aggression in attack of the parachute battalions, but they were steadfast in defence; their character was probably halfway between the doggedness of ordinary British infantry and the dash of parachute troops.

Some were to remain with the infantry and artillery units they carried into action, but were only to be used for defensive action and patrolling; others would form a central reserve under divisional control. The divisional commander would thus have the services of the equivalent of two further battalions of infantry. This fighting capability of the British glider pilot was in contrast to their American counterparts, who were not trained for ground action and actually required infantry to protect them until relieved.

T h e regiment would set off for Arnhem with twentyfour of those guns. The Light Regiment first saw action in Italy, where it served as mountain artillery in support of several divisions from September 1943 until the end of the year, but it had never operated in the airborne role nor yet with its parent division. When the regiment returned to England in January 1944 to rejoin 1st Airborne, it was billeted in Boston, described by one officer as 'a marvellous place for the troops, with two dance halls, four cinemas, eighty-three pubs, and the girls used to whistle at us; but, being in the Fens, the area was useless when it came to gunnery practice'.

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