A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle by Cornelius Ryan

By Cornelius Ryan

THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide battle II

A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the conflict of Arnhem, which marshalled the best armada of troop-carrying plane ever assembled and price the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.

In this compelling paintings of heritage, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the battle in Europe in 1944 by means of shedding the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies in the back of German traces to trap the the most important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. concentrating on an enormous solid of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal infantrymen and commanders -- Ryan brings to existence essentially the most bold and ill-fated operations of the warfare. A Bridge Too Far fantastically recreates the fear and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which led to sour defeat for the Allies.

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On 5 February, 1st GRC mounted a fairly well coordinated concentric attack from both sides of the river that nearly overwhelmed Kampfgruppe Leopold and forced it to abandon the bridge and retreat westwards. The 1st GRC promptly advanced south-east and captured the village of Ramushevo on the Lovat River on 8 February. Although II AK was not yet completely encircled, it was now isolated and totally dependent upon the Luftwaffe’s airbridge for its supplies. Although Kampfgruppe Leopold had been defeated, it bought vital time for Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt to transfer units westwards to protect the rear of II AK from the breakthrough by 1st GRC.

The pre-war Soviet deep battle (glubokiy boy) doctrine emphasized using one or more shock armies (udarnaia armiia), supported by heavy artillery, tanks and aircraft, to achieve penetrations of up to 10–15 miles (15–25km) into the depth of the enemy defences in order to enable cavalry and mechanized exploitation forces to get into the enemy rear and sever their lines of communication. However, Kurochkin clearly could not implement this doctrine as intended. Instead, Kurochkin and Vatutin decided to take advantage of the German tendency to use lakes to cover gaps in their continuous front.

InfanterieDivision at Lychkovo. Despite the daring nature of this infiltration attack, it was soon apparent that Soviet logistic support was totally inadequate. The paratroopers had been given only three days’ worth of rations but spent more than a week marching through deep snow to their objectives. Owing to numerous small firefights en route, much of their ammunition was expended as well. Soviet aerial resupply failed to get more than token amounts of supplies to the paratroopers and thus, the assault force was hungry and low on ammunition.

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