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A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan

A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryans masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshalled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-Day.

In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to common soldiers and commanders -- Ryan brings to life one of the most daring and ill-fated operations of the war. A Bridge Too Far superbly recreates the terror and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which ended in bitter defeat for the Allies.

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Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower favoured a broad assault but Field Marshal Montgomery proposed a more nimble thrust through the Netherlands that would enable Allied forces to bypass much of the defensive Siegfried Line and swing into Germany from the north. The operation was hastily conceived, ready for execution in mid-September , just over two months after D-Day. It was to be the biggest airborne assault of all time. But morale was sky high. Most of us were straining at the leash to get into battle. For such a daring plan to work virtually everything would have to go as planned.

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Factual error : Most of the parachutes are PX type. These came out in the s. They only used X type during the war - only a few of those are seen in the film. DVDs can be longer or shorter under different countries' TV systems. Please try one of these times:. Continuity mistake : In a scene in a town on the rooftops as the British fight the Nazis, we see that the townsfolk were truly ahead of their times as they nearly all have television antennas. Factual error : The shots of an air-strike on German artillery positions during the first armour encounter have used the Harvard aircraft also known as T-6 Texans.

A Bridge Too Far is based on the book with the same title, which was written in by the author Cornelius Ryan. The movie was adapted afterward by William Goldman and screened in ; it is known as one of the most epic War films. This movie had Richard P. Levine and Joseph E. Levine as producers and Richard Attenborough as director. This movie narrates the true story of Operation Market Garden and its ultimate failure that occurred during World War 2.


  1. Aymon L. says:

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  2. Agustín M. says:

    Trivia : The character of umbrella wielding Major Harry Carlyle was inspired by real life Major Allison Digby Tatham-Warter, who said that he 'carried the umbrella because he could never remember the password, and it would be quite obvious to anyone that the bloody fool carrying the umbrella could only be an Englishman'.

  3. Hhonrectseltmi says:

    Despite the film being made over thirty years after the actual battle, a number of its principle characters were able to be employed as military consultants during production.

  4. Ute H. says:

    Operation Market Garden was a daring attempt by allied forces to push into northern Germany in

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