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Hagen, Louis. Foreword By Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick A.M. Browning. (Winrich Behr.) Listings

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1 Hagen, Louis. Foreword by Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick A.M. Browning. (Winrich Behr.) ARNHEM LIFT - AND THE GERMAN VERSION. (NEW AND EXPANDED EDITION).
London Leo Cooper 1993 0850523753 / 9780850523751 New, Expanded and Revised Edition. Near Fine Very Good+ 
118 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The airborne troops who landed at Arnhem in September 1944 suffered appalling casualties in the course of the nine-day battle; of some 10,000 men who went into action, 1,400 were killed and more than 6,000 - about a thrid of them wounded - were captured. British accounts have almost invariably praised the Germans' humane treatment of these prisoners. Had the young Sergeant 'Lewis Haig' been captured, however, his fate would have been markedly different, for the Nazis would have reacted with characteristic savagery to a German of Jewish extraction fighting against them as a member of the elite Glider Pilot Regiment. But 'Haig' - Louis Hagen - was one of the few who got back, to write the first and, as is widely accepted, one of the very best personal accounts of the battle. Forty-five years after the battle, at a dinner party in Germany, the author found himself next to a man of about his own age, the former Major Winrich Behr who had been Adjutant to Field-Marshal Model during the Arnhem battle. The two men became friends. Louis Hagen's interest in the battle was rekindled and Behr told him his own side of the story, which is included here. Here, too, are balanced assessments of the planning and strategy of the operation, of the remarkable German reaction to the airborne incursion, and of the reasons for its failure." Very slight bump at bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD


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