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No Return Flight by Haks Walburgh Schmidt

In 2009No Return Flightwritten by the Dutch journalist H.W.Schmidt tells the story of 13 Platoon at Arnhem from Sept. 18th to Sept. 21st when defeated by the GE assault on the Westerbouwing Heights.

This book is well-written and the reviews very good : the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek have a page on their website www.vriendenairbornemuseum.nl/book_no_return .

You will read some reviews on WW2Talk or on Amazon.

May we hope that we discuss about 13 Platoon while attending Market Garden next September !

 

 

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Comment by Christopher Newbould on March 28, 2012 at 18:00

This is the story of a platoon of 1st Border Regiment who were swept off the key position at Westerbouwung by a surprise German attack en masse. The feature overlooks the Driel ferry site but its significance was not appreciated by the planners. A brave attempt by the Dorset regiment to cross the river later and secure it was rebuffed. Some believe that the outcome of Market Garden might have been different if this position had been designated as 'vital ground' and strongly held from the outset. The passage of reinforcements to the Ooosterbeek perimeter might then have been much easier. Personally I doubt whether it would have significantly affected the final outcome.

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