Stainforth, Peter.


The Falcon Press, 2nd imp., 1954. 263 pp., frontis., + 10 maps. D.j., 20 x 14cm. Edges lightly foxed ; front cover leaning ; owner's inscription ; d.j., price-clipped o/w V.G. This is the story of a small unit of the 1st Parachute Brigade during two years of action at Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and finally Arnhem. It is written by a young troop leader of the Brigade who served in all the most important actions and who was finally wounded. The author recounts the first action fought by the Parachute Brigade at Ounda, and their subsequent withdrawal; the action fought to hold the last German counterattack in North Africa at Tamera; and finally the three episodes in the Airborne Division's stand at Arnhem. Throughout, his own adventures, the battle for Arnhem Bridge and the action in the Oosterbeek perimeter, are all brilliantly recounted.

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