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The battle of the bridges - the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden
Frank van Lunteren
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Operation Market Garden has been recorded as a complete Allied failure in World War II, an overreach that resulted in an entire airborne division being destroyed at its apex. However, within that operation were episodes of heroism that still remain unsung. This book seeks to recount these stories of immense bravery.

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Frank van Lunteren was born and raised in Arnhem, the Netherlands. He has been interested in military history, and particularly airborne operations, since he was a child. He originally conducted research on the wartime service of Ted Bachenheimer (1923-44), the famous top scout of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. But his contacts proliferated, as did his project, and he has published three books on 504th PIR: The Battle of the Bridges, Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper and Spearhead of the Fifth Army.

Another remarkable account of quite amazing heroism - the story of the "Devils in Baggy Pants" sees Dutch military historian Frank Van Lunteren telling the tale of a battle within a battle that made heroes of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment during operation Market Garden, itself considered something of a failure. This story will make you think again.
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A readable but informative book...supplemented by well chosen maps and illustrations. 4 stars.
Army Rumour Service

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Arnhem, Battle of, Arnhem, Netherlands, 1944.|Arnhem, Battle of, Arnhem, Netherlands, 1944 - Personal narratives.
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