URQUHART OF ARNHEM: THE LIFE OF MAJOR GENERAL R. E. URQUHART CB, DSO.

Baynes, John.


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Brassey's, 1st Eng., ed., 1993. Xiii + 272 pp., 32 photo-plates + 8 maps + e.p., maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. As Commander of the British 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem in 1944, Roy Urquhart's name will forever have its place in military history. His role in operation Market Garden was to secure the vital bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem. Expecting relief within 48 hours, the 1st Airborne Division remained pinned down under a relentless and seemingly endless attack by the enemy for nine days. Here the author gives an objective assessment of the battle and Urquhart's performance throughout. Yet it is important that Arnhem should not obscure the solid contribution Urquhart made throughout his distinguished military life. His role in the desert campaign with the 51st Highland Division, his leadership of the Malta Brigade in Sicily and Italy in 1943, and, much later, his tenure as General Officer Commanding Malaya from 1950-52 represent very different phases in his career, during which his impressive qualities came to the fore as this book reveals.


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