A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle by Cornelius Ryan

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By Cornelius Ryan

THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of global warfare 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 price the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.

In this compelling paintings of heritage, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the warfare in Europe in 1944 by means of losing the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies in the back of German traces to trap the an important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. targeting an enormous forged of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal infantrymen and commanders -- Ryan brings to lifestyles probably the most bold and ill-fated operations of the warfare. A Bridge Too Far fantastically recreates the phobia and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which led to sour defeat for the Allies.

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Germany’s 20 Leningrad During the Second World War annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland in 1938 following the Munich Conference, to which Stalin was not invited, alarmed the Kremlin by raising suspicions that Britain and France, in pursuing politics of appeasement vis-à-vis Germany, were content to let Hitler drive eastward. 8 On 24 July 1938, German airmen photographed all parts of the city and focused their lenses in particular on the sea canal, the harbor, and the Kronstadt naval base, which was located about fifteen miles west of Leningrad in the Gulf of Finland.

Once the pivotal battle for Stalingrad took shape in September 1942, neither side made Leningrad a top priority. Germany lacked the means to renew an offensive to take Leningrad, and although the Lake Ladoga supply route was fortified and the Red Army pierced the blockade south of the lake so that a makeshift rail line could be extended to the city in February 1943, Soviet supply to the Leningrad sector proved insufficient to liberate Leningrad until January 1944. We have tried to summarize succinctly yet comprehensively the crucial events of Leningrad’s war experience in Chapter 1 and to situate them between the transformations and upheavals of the late 1930s and the postwar Leningrad Affair.

Almost from the moment that the Bolsheviks came to power, they relied heavily on forced allocation, or mobilization, of materials and personnel to meet their goals. War Communism helped carry the Communists to victory in the Civil War, although in 1921 it gave way to the less coercive New Economic Policy. During the first Five Year Plan and the collectivization of agriculture, which commenced in 1928–29, the USSR built a command economy, in which the state gained control of almost all of the means of agricultural and industrial production.

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