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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John C. McManus Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In September Hope, acclaimed historian John C. McManus explores World War II’s most ambitious invasion, an immense, daring offensive to defeat Nazi Germany before the end of 1944.Operation Market-Garden is one of the war’s most famous but least understood battles, and McManus tells the story of the American contribution to this crucial phase of the war in Europe.

August 1944 saw the Allies achieve more significant victories than in any other month over the course of the war. Soviet armies annihilated more than twenty German divisions and pushed the hated enemy from Russia to deep inside Poland. General Eisenhower’s D-Day Invasion led to the liberation of France. Encouraged by these triumphs, British, Canadian, and American armored columns plunged into Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg. The Germans were in disarray, overwhelmed on all fronts, losing soldiers by the thousands as Allied bombers pulverized their cities. For the Third Reich it seemed the end was near. Rumors swirled that the war would soon be over and that everyone would be home for Christmas.

Then came September … and Holland.

On September 17, the largest airborne drop in military history commenced—including two entire American divisions, the 101st and the 82nd. Their mission was to secure key bridges at such places as Son, Eindhoven, Grave, and Nijmegen until British armored forces could relieve them. The armor would slash northeast, breech the Rhine, and go wild on the north German plains. However, the Germans were much stronger than the Allies anticipated. In eight days of ferocious combat, they mauled the airborne, stymied the tanks, and prevented the Allies from crossing the Rhine.

For the first time, using never-before-seen sources and countless personal interviews, September Hope reveals the American perspective on one of the most famous and decisive battles of World War II.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 5/9/2013

    " This is the American perspective of Cornelius Ryan's A Bridge Too Far. This was one of the largest combined airborne drop during World War II with as many casualties during the Normandy invasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 1/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed it. It had lots of detail of the American units. I was not familiar with the details of the river crossing and taking of the bridges at Nijmegen. A great story told in a comprehensive manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Brown | 11/21/2012

    " An excellent version of the American efforts at Market Garden. "

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