Introduction


The idea of writing my first book came to me after investigating the so-called "misunderstanding" within 82 Airborne Division, between its commander General Gavin and Colonel Lindquist, commander of the attached 508 PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment).

In previous publications this "misunderstanding" had "explained" the three-day delay in the capture of the Waal Bridge, but primary sources reveal that in fact there had been no miscommunication and that General Gavin had been too cautious.


Review by English Paul Reed, leading military historian and consultant to BBC and Channel 5:

"The book indicates that the real battle for the Nijmegen Bridge over the river Waal was lost long before the Guards Armoured Shermans even arrived.

The author shows clearly that key units of 82nd Airborne jumped into Holland without a true awareness of how key the Waal Bridge was in the whole operation and their commanders seemingly had little chance to use their initiative.

The book is a fascinating insight into a rarely considered aspect of operation Market Garden, which many no doubt think is well covered in official histories.

It shows that nearly seventy years after Arnhem we are still learning more about the operation, despite the huge numbers of books that have been published down the decades.

The book is highly recommended."


Review by American Phil Nordyke, renowned author of "All American all the way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II" and recently "Put us down in hell: The Combat History of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II":

"The author has done an outstanding job of researching the critical first twenty-four hours after the 82nd Airborne Division landed in Holland and its capture of key bridges and high ground near Nijmegen, Holland on September 17, 1944.

The author uncovers a number of little known details about the operation which will provide a basis of information for historians and authors in the future.

A very well researched and thought provoking book."