Antony Beevor
Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges 1944

A ‘heroic failure’ immortalised in the classic film A Bridge Too Far, Operation Market Garden saw the Allies attempt to capture nine bridges across the German-occupied Netherlands in late 1944. The story of arrogance and bad planning is a familiar one – but in Antony Beevor’s typically forensic and dramatic retelling, we see the grim reality of this failed gamble – the terrible reprisals the Germans later meted out against the local Dutch population.

Introduced by David Reynolds, festival patron and Professor of International History, University of Cambridge

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