By Cornelius Ryan
<big>THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide battle II </big>
A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the conflict of Arnhem, which marshalled the best armada of troop-carrying airplane ever assembled and value the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.
during this compelling paintings of background, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the warfare in Europe in 1944 through losing the mixed airborne forces of the yankee and British armies at the back of German strains to seize the an important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. targeting an enormous forged of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal infantrymen and commanders -- Ryan brings to existence essentially the most bold and ill-fated operations of the warfare. A Bridge Too Far beautifully recreates the fear and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which resulted in sour defeat for the Allies.
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The 141st RCT was sent south to form a new defensive line along the river Solofrone, thus blocking any German assault from the south. The 142nd RCT was sent eastwards to secure Monte Soprano and to capture the villages of Albanella and Roccadapide beyond it. The 143rd RCT was held in reserve around Cappacio. At 1140hrs that morning the first units of the 45th Division began landing on pontoons that had been built by engineers during the night. They were ordered to seize the crossings over the river Sele, and then to advance up the river valley towards Ponte Sele.
The 138th was unable to leave, as Panzer-Division ‘Hermann Göring’ was launching heavy probes against Dragonea Hill, and attempting to penetrate the Molina Pass, which the Commandos had dubbed ‘Happy Valley’. That meant that all Hawkesworth had to hand as a reserve was the division’s reconnaissance regiment, which guarded the northern part of Salerno itself. Fortunately for the British the Germans abandoned their attack to regroup and re-arm, and as dusk fell the British struggled to re-form some semblance of a line, running from ‘Hospital Hill’ to ‘White House Hill’.