Books: Bloody Market Garden

SURGEON AT ARMS (227 pp.)—by Daniel Paul with John St. John—Norton ($3.95).

Leaping from 1,000 transports, pouring from 500 crash-landed gliders, 34,000 U.S. and British airborne troops slammed at seven river and canal crossings between the Maas and the lower Rhine, starting Sunday, Sept. 17, 1944. In the biggest airborne attack of all time, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery had high hopes of hurdling the river barriers to outflank the Siegfried Line and thus end the war in Europe by a single-front thrust. Operation Market Garden failed. Though the U.S. 82nd and 101st...

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