1st Edition HB 1980
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in 1980 in the UK by "Cassell Ltd.".
Printed by "Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd." Written by Major-General John Dutton Frost.
ISBN number 0304307173.
No one who has read of Arnhem can have failed to have been inspired by the gallantry
of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, which held the north end of the key road
bridge over the Rhine not for 24 hours for which it was equipped, but for 3 days and 4 nights.
Commanded by the then Lt-Col Frost, they beat off repeated armoured and infantry assaults
by far greater numbers, until forced out of the ruined and burning positions by losses,
lack of ammunition, and the failure of the whole Arnhem operation. Their sacrifice stands
as one of the most heroic defences of all time. General Frost's story is, in effect,
that of the battalion. His tale starts with the Iraq Levies and goes on the major airborne
operations in which he took part - Bruneval, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Arnhem - and continues
with his experiences as a prisoner and the reconstruction of the battalion after the
German surrender. Though written with modesty and humour, the book is shot through with
the fire and determination of the fighting solider, and throws important new light
on many controversies, not only those of Arnhem.