1st Edition HB 2008
Hardback with dustjacket. First US edition. Published in November
2008 by "Atlantic Monthly Press". Printer N/K.
ISBN number 9780871139894.
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in August 2008 by "Headline Review".
Printed by "Clays Ltd". Written by Lloyd Clark.
An insightful and gripping account of the greatest airborne battle in history.
In September 1944, the river Rhine was a serious barrier to the advancing Allied
armies in the West who were intent on charging Berlin and ending the war.
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery decided to utilise the First Allied Airborne Army,
consisting of British, American and Polish troops. Codenamed Operation Market Garden",
40,000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines while ground forces linked to
relieve them. But, due to bad weather and German resistance, the operation failed.
In March 1945, a second attempt was planned: Operation Varsity Plunder".
Again Montgomery led the assault and ground troops were employed to make the river
crossing while paratroopers dropped to secure the east bank of the Rhine.
This time the plan worked. Despite extremely heavy fighting, the combined airborne
and ground forces achieved their objectives, cracking the German line.
Born in 1967, Lloyd Clark is a senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies at
the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he specialises in the history of airborne
warfare and the First World War. He has contributed to over twenty published works
and has recently edited "World War 1: An Illustrated History". He has published a
number of articles on Market Garden, has worked as historical advisor and analyst
on several television programmes and is currently writing a book about the
6th (British) Airborne Division.
1st paperback edition. Published in the UK in June 2009 by "Headline Review".
Printed by "Clays Ltd". ISBN number 9780755336371. Same cover as 1st UK Edition.