Frost, Major-General John.


New & enlarged ed., 1982. Xviii + 271 pp., 28 photo-plates + 11 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Front cover leaning slightly o/w Nr.FINE. Hailed as a classic on its publication in 1980, the demand for General Frost’s memoirs has been considerable. The author, then Lt-Colonel, commanded the 2nd Parachute Regiment who held the north end of the road bridge over the Rhine, not for the 24 hours for which it was equipped, but for 3 days and 4 nights. His story is effectively that of the battalion who beat off repeated armoured and infantry assaults until they were finally forced out. It begins with the Iraq Levies and goes on to the major airborne operations in which he took part – Bruneval, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Arnhem – and continues with his experiences as a prisoner and the reconstruction of the battalion after the German surrender. This book throws new light on many controversies – not only those of Arnhem.

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