1st Edition HB 1958
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in the UK in 1958 by "Cassell & Co. Ltd".
Printed by "Wyman & Sons Ltd. Written by Major-General Robert Elliott Urquhart.
No ISBN number.
The story of the battle by the man who commanded the 1st Airborne Division.
Robert Elliott Urquhart was born in 1901, in London, the son of a Scottish doctor.
As a boy, he attended St Paul's School in London, and decided to follow a career
as a soldier, gaining a scholarship to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.
Major General Robert (Roy) Elliott Urquhart, CB, DSO (28 November 1901 - 13 December 1988)
was a British military officer. He became prominent for his role commanding
the British 1st Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden.
Urquhart was not originally an airborne officer. Through 1941, he had been a staff
officer in the 3rd Division. Prior to this, he had served as the Executive Officer
of Company B (Machine Gun) of the Highland Light Infantry, stationed on Malta.
While there, he became friends with Academy Award winning actor David Niven.
In his autobiography, "The Moon's A Balloon", Niven described Urquhart as,
"A serious soldier of great charm and warmth..."'
Urquhart was in India at the British Army HQ during the initial years of WW2.
He remained there until 1941 when he was posted to North Africa.
Between 1941 and 1942, he commanded the 2nd Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
After holding that command, until 1943, he was a staff officer in the
51st Infantry Division, which was stationed in North Africa. For a short time,
he commanded the British 231st Infantry Brigade, which faced action in Sicily.
Until 1944, he was a staff officer in XII Corps. However, in that year, he was
given command of the 1st Airborne Division. Its former commander
(Major-General G.F.Hopkinson) had been killed in Italy, and his successor,
Brigadier Eric Down had been given a command in India. Ironically, Urquhart was
prone to airsickness and had never commanded or, for that matter, been a member
of an airborne unit. His first combat action was at the Battle of Arnhem; after his
unit lost 3/4 of its soldiers at Arnhem, it never saw action in World War II again.
Following the war he served in several staff positions, including service as the
General Officer Commanding Malaya Command (1950-1952) during the Malayan Emergency.
Roy Urquhart retired from the army in 1955.
After leaving the army Urquhart became an executive in the steel industry, retiring in 1970.
In 1958 Urquart published Arnhem: Britain's Infamous Airborne Assault of
World War II (ISBN 0-9644704-3-8) detailing his exploits in the battle.
Urquhart was portrayed by Sean Connery in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far. He is the
subject of the biography Urquhart of Arnhem (ISBN 0-08-041318-8) by John Baynes.
Urquhart and his wife Pamela had four children, among them Elspeth Campbell
(wife of politician Menzies Campbell) and Suki Urquhart, author of The Scottish Gardener.
Hardback. 1st US Edition. Published in 1958 by "W.W. Norton". Printer N/K. No ISBN number
Hardback. 1st French language edition. Published in 1959 by "Presses De La Cite". Printer N/K.
Paperback. Published in the UK by "Pan Books" in 1960. Printer N/K. No ISBN number
Paperback. Published in 1960 by "Monarch". Printer N/K. No ISBN number
Paperback. Published in 1972 by "Pan Books". Printer N/K. ISBN number 0330232738.
Hardback. Published in the UK in 1973 by "White Lion Publishers" Printer N/K. ISBN number 0856176231
Paperback. Published in Poland in 1974 by 'Bellona'- Polish Language.
Paperback. Published in the US in 1995 by "Royal Publishing Company".
printed by "Royal Publishing Company". ISBN number 0964470438.
Paperback. To be published in 2008 by "Pen & Sword". Printer N/K. ISBN number 1844155374
Polish language 2nd edition. Published by "Bellona" in 1990.
Printer N/K. Binding N/K. ISBN number N/K