Hardback with dustjacket and softback published simultaneously in May 2011 by "Bantam Press"
Printed by "CPI Mackays". Written by Mike Rossiter. ISBN number 9780593065914.
Three soldiers tell the true story of the mission that became known as 'a bridge too far'.
Mike Rossiter has interviewed three of the survivors of those fateful days, each involved
in a different flank of the British attack, and in vivid detail reconstructs the events
that lead up to this most famous of glorious defeats. It is at once a story of hubris
and bad planning, but also of valiant sacrifice and inspirational courage.
The battle for the rail and road bridges over the Rhine at Arnhem lasted for nine days,
and almost twelve thousand men took part. We Fought at Arnhem tells the remarkable
stories of three of those men.
Ron Jordan(REME), Pat Gorman(11th Bn) and Tom Carpenter(9th Field Coy RE) had all seen
combat in other theatres of the war and each had volunteered for one of the toughest
jobs in the military, that of airborne troops. But the battle for Arnhem would be
the greatest challenge any of them were to face during the war. For all three, it
would end in capture and incarceration in a prisoner of war camp.
Operation Market Garden started to go wrong in the first hours after the landings.
Fighting was spread over a large area. Poor communication and tough resistance from
German forces meant that even the most senior commanders were ignorant of what was
happening to their men just a few miles away. Individually, Ron, Pat and Tom saw
action in all the main parts of the battle – at the bridge itself, in the town of
Arnhem and in the village of Oosterbeek. Their experiences give us an insight into
the whole battle.
The battle for Arnhem has gone down in history as a glorious defeat, a combination
of hubris and bad planning leading to disaster. But it also revealed the best of the
fighting British soldier and stands as a testament to the courage, determination
and valiant sacrifice of the men who fought for their country. The stories of Ron,
Pat and Tom reveal the true drama of those days from the soldiers’ point of view
in honest, searing and inspiring detail.