Arnhem by Iain Ballantyne audiobook

Arnhem: Ten Days in the Cauldron

By Iain Ballantyne
Read by Ralph Lister

Blackstone Publishing 9781913099244
9.52 Hours Unabridged
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“It was a bridge too far, and perhaps the whole plan was doomed to failure from the start, but we had to try, didn’t we?” September 17, 1944: 30,000 airborne soldiers prepare to drop sixty-four miles behind enemy lines into Nazi-occupied Holland; tens of thousands of ground troops race down Hell’s Highway in tanks and armored cars, trucks, and half-tracks to link up with them. The goal: to secure eight bridges across the Rhine and end the war by Christmas. Ten days later, over 15,000 of these soldiers have died, and 6,000 have been taken prisoner. Operation Market Garden was the daring plan to stage a coup de main in occupied territory, gain control of those bridges, and obtain a direct route into Hitler’s Germany. But the operation failed, and the allied forces suffered a brutal military defeat. In the seventy-five years since, tactics have been analyzed and blame has been placed, but the heart of Arnhem’s story lies in the selflessness and bravery of those troops that fought, the courage and resilience of the civilians caught up in confrontation, and the pure determination to fight for their lives and their freedom. This is the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. In Ballantyne’s Arnhem, we go into battle with not only the famous commanders in the thick of the action but also with all those whose fates were determined by their decisions. Based on first-hand interviews, military records, and diaries, we witness the confusion and mayhem of war—from the horrific and devastating to the surreal and mundane. But most of all, we witness the self-sacrifice and valor of the men who gave their lives to liberate strangers in a foreign country.

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Summary

Summary

“It was a bridge too far, and perhaps the whole plan was doomed to failure from the start, but we had to try, didn’t we?”

September 17, 1944: 30,000 airborne soldiers prepare to drop sixty-four miles behind enemy lines into Nazi-occupied Holland; tens of thousands of ground troops race down Hell’s Highway in tanks and armored cars, trucks, and half-tracks to link up with them. The goal: to secure eight bridges across the Rhine and end the war by Christmas. Ten days later, over 15,000 of these soldiers have died, and 6,000 have been taken prisoner.

Operation Market Garden was the daring plan to stage a coup de main in occupied territory, gain control of those bridges, and obtain a direct route into Hitler’s Germany. But the operation failed, and the allied forces suffered a brutal military defeat. In the seventy-five years since, tactics have been analyzed and blame has been placed, but the heart of Arnhem’s story lies in the selflessness and bravery of those troops that fought, the courage and resilience of the civilians caught up in confrontation, and the pure determination to fight for their lives and their freedom. This is the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

In Ballantyne’s Arnhem, we go into battle with not only the famous commanders in the thick of the action but also with all those whose fates were determined by their decisions. Based on first-hand interviews, military records, and diaries, we witness the confusion and mayhem of war—from the horrific and devastating to the surreal and mundane. But most of all, we witness the self-sacrifice and valor of the men who gave their lives to liberate strangers in a foreign country.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A trench-level perspective to those other accounts written from more senior, and sometimes more detached, point of view…A really good read.” Land Defence Journal (UK)
“Reminiscent of Stephen Ambrose at his best.” Dr. Harry Bennett, military historian
“Ralph Lister’s narration of bravery and suffering is clear and easy to follow. His expression is appropriate for the text and context, and he reads quotes with varied and credible voices.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Iain Ballantyne

Author Bio: Iain Ballantyne

Iain Ballantyne is a journalist and much published author of nonfiction works about naval warfare. He has spent time at sea in most types of warship, from nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, to destroyers and frigates, in assignments from the Arctic to minefields in poisoned waters off war-torn Kuwait and a foray into the Bosnian war zone. In 2010, his book Killing the Bismarck won a Mountbatten Maritime Award Certificate of Merit for best literary contribution. His work in the maritime arena was saluted with a Special Recognition Award from the British Maritime Charitable Foundation for his contribution to raising maritime awareness. He is the founding editor of the global naval news magazine Warships IFR and the Guide to the Royal Navy.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English