Prior to Ryan's book, Market Garden had been a classic example of victors writing the history. Popular histories of World War II of the time usually tended to not mention the battle at all, mentioned it in passing or put Montgomery's spin on it as being a "partial success".
A Bridge Too Far was responsible for bringing to the general public's attention the full extent of this massive operation, including a catalogue of errors and miscalculations, whilst highlighting the bravery of the participants.
December 11, 2016 Subject:
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December 10, 2016 Subject:
A Bridge Too Far Review
I want to start this review by thanking Noah Noname for these EXCELLENT uploads.....they are MUCH appreciated by me and as I have a very limited download capability they are DOUBLY welcome.
A professionally recorded reading by Clive Chafer, this book was at the time, as the synopsis says, the first more or less honest assessment of Market Garden.
The word 'Market' was the taking of the bridges....the airborne part of the operation and 'Garden' was the land-based operations.
No need to rehash the splendid mismanagement of precious lives and resources by a variety of well-meaning but ultimately glory-hungry politicians and top officers....you MUST know them by name now.
Ryan is decidedly windy and wordy but he does manage to expose most of the truth of this horribly gone-wrong operation.
Ultimately....luck has too often been the deciding factor of many and even perhaps, most famous military operations.
This one went bad for too many reasons....bad luck was just one.
Great reading by a professional actor.