Academic journal article Military Review

A Street in Arnhem: The Agony of Occupation and Liberation

Academic journal article Military Review

A Street in Arnhem: The Agony of Occupation and Liberation

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A STREET IN ARNHEM: The Agony of Occupation and Liberation

Robert Kershaw, Casemate, Havertown, Pennsylvania, 2014, 336 pages

Author Robert Kershaw follows up his classic work on the battle of Arnhem, It Nevers Snows in September, with a more detailed examination of the fighting for one critical street--Utrehtsweg--which runs through Oosterbeek to Arnhem. The author concludes that many of the critical moments of the nine-day battle occurred on or around this one street. By examining the battle on and around Utrehtsweg, the author hopes to "unveil aspects of the battle not considered before" In this goal, the author succeeds. A Street in Arnhem offers a perspective of the battle not found in many histories of Operation Market Garden.

The book looks at the battle through three perspectives--Dutch, German, and British. Every event, from the movement to reach the Arnhem Bridge to the final destruction of the Oosterbeek perimeter, is told in graphic and tragic detail. Kershaw manages to provide a clear understanding of the battle, which mainly consisted of confusing small-unit actions and close-quarters combat. The maps included in the book are an excellent resource to help the reader understand where the events are occurring in relation to each other. He weaves first-person accounts to not only provide a feeling for the events but also to give context to the larger picture. Concentrating on a single street provides a much more personal feel to the fighting and allows the author to avoid having to include the many other facets of Operation Market Garden.

One of the true strengths of this book is the author's analysis. Kershaw, a retired British army officer, uses his military experience to provide a good tactical analysis of the fighting. …

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