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Men at Arnhem Paperback – August 15, 2003

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Major Geoffrey Powell led "C" Company of the 156th Parachute Battalion at Arnhem, later commanding the remnants of that Battalion in the fighting around Oosterbeek before bringing them across the Rhine in grand style when the 1st Airborne Division was ordered to withdraw. Originally written under the pseudonym of Tom Angus, Men at Arnhem is a semi-fictional account of the role that Powell played; the names used are an invention and a little of the chronology has been altered in the interests of a smoother narrative, but all of the events portrayed are quite real and give a most vivid account of Powell's experiences. Yet this book is much more than one man's story, as it brilliantly describes life in a typical parachute rifle company during this most difficult and bloody of battles, and it is for these insights into the lot of the ordinary infantryman that it has rightly been acclaimed a classic. Mark Hickman - Pegasus Archive

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Colonel Geoffrey Powell is a respected military historian, whose many published work includes, 'The Devil's Birthday'. He fought at Arnhem with the Green Howards and was awarded the Military Cross.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (August 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850529662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850529661
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,699,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Geoffrey Powell describes his experiences during the British fight at Arnhem. He packs emotion into every sentence. Powell, as a company commander, readily admits mistakes he made in battle and the pain he experienced as a result of those mistakes shows in his words. His detailed desciptions of moments on the battlefield resonate with the reader long after the book is finished. The suffering and sacrifice endured by the British Paratroopers comes to life in this book. If you liked any of the American Airborne books by Donald Burgett or Ross Carter, you will love this book.
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There aren't many books out there which cover this aspect of the Arnhem battle. As a company commander, Capt. Powell gives a fascinating account of the British efforts to reinforce Major John Frosts 2nd Battalion on the Arnhem bridge. Forced back by the Germans, his unit then becomes part of the Oosterbeek perimeter. He gives gripping accounts of the different battlefield scenarios his unit adapts to from the open fields to the urban streets and houses. All along the way he sees his unit and close friends slowly whittled down by battlefield attrition. When it's decided that the 1st Airborne should withdraw, he gives the reader a suspenseful account of the nighttime escape through the pouring rain and encounters with the Germans, finally reaching safety across the Rhine. This book is a must read for anyone with an interest in the battle or the view from the front line soldier.
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One of the best WWII memoirs ever. It shows how much the world has changed in the last fifty years.Truly remarable.
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