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By Cornelius Ryan

ISBN-10: 0684803305

ISBN-13: 9780684803302

<big>THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide struggle 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 plane ever assembled and price the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.

during this compelling paintings of heritage, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the struggle in Europe in 1944 by way of shedding the mixed airborne forces of the yankee and British armies at the back of German traces to trap the the most important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. concentrating on an enormous solid of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal infantrymen and commanders -- Ryan brings to existence some of the most bold and ill-fated operations of the warfare. A Bridge Too Far fantastically recreates the phobia and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which led to sour defeat for the Allies.

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Entrances to positions were of course normally in the rear, but in some instances they might be on the side of a position, depending on the protection and concealment afforded by surrounding terrain. Entrances were often protected to prevent direct-fire, blast, fragmentation, grenades, demolition charges, and flamethrower fire from entering: this might be a blast barrier inside the position or a similar barrier or wall on the outside. Entry may have been gained by a trench or tunnel with one or more right-angle turns.

The batteries themselves were within a few hundred yards of the area to be defended; an airfield, harbor, or base. Maximum use was made of caves wherever they existed. The most widespread use was on Wakde, Biak, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, Angaur, Luzon, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. The nature of caves varied from island to island depending on geological characteristics. Most were created through the erosion of limestone by groundwater or underground streams. Others were created by lava flows or earthquake faults.

51 52 Doctrinally specified Japanese platoon, company, and battalion defensive areas. Bombardment from the air and sea intensified as the landing force headed for shore. Anything that moved ashore was struck by air or naval gunfire called in by circling spotter planes. Daylight movement all but ceased. The defenders hid in pillboxes, bunkers, bomb shelters, caves, tunnels, and trenches waiting to emerge when the bombardment ceased and the invaders stormed ashore. On Okinawa the practice was to position about one-third of a company in forward positions with the rest in tunnels and caves as a reserve.

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