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Mark Drake
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Like three books in particular:

Tour of the Arnhem Battlefields by John Warry--gives a good general overview of the battle with some neat stories of individual accounts.

Glider Pilots at Arnhem by Luuk Buist and Major M.L. Peters--exellent account of the Glider Pilots Regiment actions at Arnhem and Oosterbeek;some of the small-unit actions make great scenario fodder for wargaming.

It Never Snows in September by Robert Kershaw--MG from the German point of view. Good account of the German actions,and excellent detailing of the German OOB.



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Best book IMO is Cornelius Ryan, "A Bridge to Far".

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Martin Middlebrook's "Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle" though it admittedly doesn't focus on anything but Arnhem. Great read.

http://www.amazon.com/Arnhem-1944-Airborne-September-Penguin...

I also enjoyed "Men at Arnhem" which was a novelization of one participant's experience. Worth locating, IMO.

http://www.amazon.com/Men-at-Arnhem-Geoffrey-Powell/dp/08505...

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Ryan's book is an easy read but seriously selective - such as critique of 1st AB slow to reach Arnhem bridge but no mention of 82nd failure to even approach it. No criticism intended here of the US soldiers, like the British they were ruined by the refusal of the two air forces to drop close to the bridges. Note that Ryan was notably shy in adverse comments on respected US commanders even when notable mistakes were made (the worst being when most of the 101st was sent on a pointless battle to secure the unwanted Best bridge, leaving little to secure the main road). Perhaps the most nonsensical of his comments was the notorious account of the Guards refusing to advance until they had a: tea and b: infantry escort. The 'tea' business was an invention of a war correspondent, the lack of infantry true but due to the refusal of the senior command to let the 82nd para battalion now north of Nijmegan join the tanks (the British infantry was still clearing Nijmegan).

The real error (and tragedy) was that some idiot ordered the Typhoon flights that were supposed to be available to go chase some German planes instead. With those or some SP artillery (it also stuck in Nijmegan) the tanks would have reached Arnhem even without infantry.
 
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I'd go with the three Battleground Europe books: Hell's Highway, Nijmegen and the Island, and for Arnhem, I'd go with Middlebrook's or Buckingham's Arnhem books.

Those would give a great overview of the battle.
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