By Cornelius Ryan
THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide battle II
A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the conflict of Arnhem, which marshalled the best armada of troop-carrying airplane ever assembled and value the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.
In this compelling paintings of historical past, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the struggle in Europe in 1944 by way of shedding the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies in the back of German traces to catch the the most important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. targeting an unlimited solid of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal squaddies and commanders -- Ryan brings to existence the most bold and ill-fated operations of the conflict. A Bridge Too Far beautifully recreates the fear and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which resulted in sour defeat for the Allies.
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ABOVE LEFT This overhead view shows Cavour surrounded by fuel oil, heavily damaged and half submerged with a severe list to starboard. All this damage was the result of a single torpedo hit on the starboard side under the No. 6-inch gun turret. Cavour was the only battleship of the three damaged at Taranto not to return to service. (Imperial War Museum) ABOVE RIGHT Taken by British aircraft after the November 11, 1940 air raid on the Italian fleet anchorage at Taranto, this view shows salvage operations already under way on Littorio, which was struck by three torpedoes in the attack.
British advantages in codebreaking, and the reduction of Axis pressure on Malta making it an offensive springboard for British interdiction operations, put severe pressure on the Italians’ ability to move supplies to Africa. Between July and December 1941, shipments to Africa dropped from 94 percent of cargoes reaching their destination during the first half of the year to 73 percent. Concurrent with the British interdiction of Italian convoys headed to Africa, the British had to keep Malta supplied.
On September 7 the Italians again sortied, this time to engage British Force H based at Gibraltar. No engagement ensued as Force H had headed into the Atlantic, not the Mediterranean. November 11, 1940, all six Italian battleships were at anchor in the naval base of Taranto in southern Italy. Such a target was too lucrative to ignore, and the British put into motion an operation to attack the Italian battle fleet with carrier-based aircraft. The base was heavily defended by antiaircraft guns, but no torpedo nets were in place and without radar the Italians had no warning of the approaching attackers.
A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II by Cornelius Ryan