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By Cornelius Ryan

<big>THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of global struggle II </big>

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 value the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.

during this compelling paintings of background, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the struggle in Europe in 1944 by means of losing the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies in the back of German traces to catch the an important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. concentrating on an unlimited solid of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal squaddies and commanders -- Ryan brings to lifestyles the most bold and ill-fated operations of the struggle. A Bridge Too Far fantastically recreates the phobia and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which resulted in sour defeat for the Allies.

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The guns fired gaily. ' From the enemy point of view the engagement was a mere pinprick which caused nothing like the anxiety Martel's Frankforce attack at Arras did, but de Gaulle had at least contributed raw material to the legends that would soon surround his early career. ' The behaviour of the Cavalry School at Saumur - founded in the eighteenth century and one of the most prestigious military acade­ mies in the country - contributed to a different legend. Bock's Invasion and Exodus Panzers arrived at the Loire crossing on I S June.

It is true that his first reshuffle, on I 8 May, promoted Georges Mandel to the Ministry of the Interior and thus put at his side a determined ally whose early career as Clemenceau's aide also linked him with the glories of the past. By the same token, a second reshuffle on 5 June brought in de Gaulle (newly promoted to the rank of general)* as Under-Secretary of State for War and the staunchly militant Yvon Delbos as Minister of Education. Yet the first reshuffle had also replaced Gamelin with the more emphatically defeatist Weygand as Supreme Commander.

It knew, for example, that the remilitarization of the Rhineland had been a risk whose success said more about French passivity than about real German military strength. As for Hider himself, he was prone to fits of nervousness, yet he was also willing to take risks and particularly willing to take risks which depended on the psychological weak­ nesses of his enemies. This readiness to gamble made him urge his commanders to produce a new batde plan for the invasion of France. Thinking on this score had for many years been dominated by the Schlieffen Plan, named after Count von Schlieffen, Chief of the General Staff at the turn of the century.

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