- Hardcover: 364 pages
- Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing; 2nd edition (May 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0711030626
- ISBN-13: 978-0711030626
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem, September 1944 2nd Edition
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This book came out in 1989, & I dont know why it took me so long to come across this great read! If you love military history, especially WWII, &
more especially the German Army in WWII, get this book! Highly detailed, good maps, lots of individual accounts from the German soldiers themselves. This book is nice & thick too. Not something you can read in half a day. Highly recommended!
I am amused by some peoples comments on this book; I believe one has to understand that this book is not trying to re-establish the history of the battle or glorify the achievements of the SS or Wehrmacht in battle plan detail. There are already many articles, books and documentaries that provide this. This book portrays more so the unwritten experience of war,
The photographs that Kershaw has put in the book are amazing. Most of the photographs I have never seen before. The combat photographs are fantastic. It is rare that photographs and history blend together so well in a serious scholarly text. The book will delight any student of the MARKET-GARDEN operation.
A few words of warning. First, the book does not examine the Allied point of view at all. In fact, the book basically assumes that the reader will be familiar with the major Allied players and their objectives (ex. the book often refers to Col. John Frost's men at Arnhem bridge -- however, the book never really explains who Frost is). Given that book is probably written for people interested in the subject-matter, this criticism is minor.
Also, Kershaw's prose is not like Stephen Ambrose fo Citizen Soldiers fame. Kershaw is not a writer by trade. Nevertheless, Kershaw's personalized treatment of events will keep the reader captivated from page 1 until the epilogue.
When I picked up IT NEVER SNOWS IN SEPTEMBER it had been a while since I read a MARKET-GARDEN book. Therefore, I read Kershaw's book and Cornelius Ryan's A BRIDGE TOO FAR back to back. Wow. What a double-header that was!
Bottom line: highly recomended.