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By Martin Middlebrook

It wasn't until eventually many months later that flooring forces captured Arnhem in traditional struggling with. It had actually been "a bridge too far". This e-book involves interviews, examine of British and varnish airborne forces focused on Arnhem, German forces and Dutch civilians stuck up within the conflict. The ebook makes an attempt to hide the broader scene of the yank airborne landings and the try via flooring forces to arrive Arnhem.

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The CO was now Lieutenant-Colonel John Fitch, formerly of the Manchester Regiment, who had served as a company commander with the 2nd Battalion in Sicily and Italy. T h e second of Urquhart's parachute brigades was a comparative newcomer to the division. This was the 4th Parachute Brigade, which had been formed as an independent brigade in the Middle East in late 1942 but was transferred to the 1st Airborne Division in exchange for the 2nd Parachute Brigade in 1943. T h e one and only commander of the brigade was John Hackett, better known as 'Shan', a member of an Irish family but born in Perth, Australia, where his father was a wealthy newspaper proprietor.

Trouble blew up one Friday when men who had been used to drawing pay in advance suddenly found that this practice had been stopped, and those in arrears and therefore without walking-out passes made a mass exodus into town. Brigadier Hackett relieved the CO, posting in as his replacement his brigade major, and so the newly promoted Lieutenant-Colonel George Lea (formerly Lancashire Fusiliers) took over and started the task of pulling the battalion into shape. A new second in command also arrived, the rumbustious Major Dickie Lonsdale, whose airborne career seemed to consist of being passed on from one unit to another for unconventional behaviour.

But they were also well-trained infantry and were given a ground role at Arnhem for what was hoped would be the short interval between landing and the arrival of ground forces. Some were to remain with the infantry and artillery units they carried into action, but were only to be used for defensive action and patrolling; others would form a central reserve under divisional control. The divisional commander would thus have the services of the equivalent of two further battalions of infantry. This fighting capability of the British glider pilot was in contrast to their American counterparts, who were not trained for ground action and actually required infantry to protect them until relieved.

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