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We’re delighted to welcome Sir Antony Beevor, one of Britain’s pre-eminent military historians, to talk about his new book, Arnhem, about one of the most notorious battles of World War II (famously portrayed in the film A Bridge Too Far). Written in the author's inimitable and gripping narrative style, the book focuses on the allies' Operation Market Garden, a bold concept and costly failure with large casualties and German reprisals that lasted until the end of the war. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening, as Sir Antony uncovers new insights into what has been described as 'the last German victory'.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO TICKET OPTIONS FOR THIS EVENT
Click here for Single ticket £25 - admits one person and includes one copy of the book which you will receive at the event.
Click here for Couples ticket £30 - admits two people and includes one copy of the book which you will receive at the event
The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power.
Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.
The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.
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