BURNING BRIDGES 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden By Michel De Trez And Peter Hendrikx
This is yet another magnificant work from Michel De Trez And Peter Hendrikx.
Burning Bridges and Bridges Are Ours compromise a pictorial historyof the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden and its aftermath.
“Burning Bridges” (volume 1) and “Bridges Are Ours” (volume 2) are the work of 35 years of airborne history research and contains 976 pages and over 1,600 photographs, most of which have never been published before. All photos are identified either by date, location, name of individual soldiers, equipment, or historical context.
Burning Bridges” begins with the introduction, where the decision-making process that led to Operation Market Garden is explained in great detail. The subsequent chapters discuss the preparations in the marshalling areas in England, the activities of the Pathfinders, and the boarding of the aircraft by all paratroop regiments and battalions. The glider lifts are also well covered by many newly discovered photographs.
“Bridges are Ours” begins with the fight for the Nijmegen bridges. Roughly, five different attacks took place and each is dealt with in great detail. The main attacks on September 19 and 20, when the 2nd Battalion of the 505th Regiment, supported by British tanks, attacked both the railway and the road bridges from the south are discussed in detail. When the German defenders would not budge, the 504th Regiment was ordered to cross the Waal River in small boats, an action called by many one of the most heroic actions of WW2.
Both books are available at a special set price. The books are listed seperate for individual sale. And compromises a Hardback – 976 pages – 1,600+ photos – 2 volumes