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By Robert Kershaw

Once again reprinted, this wonderful paintings files the German view of Operation 'Market Garden' and the conflict of Arnhem in September 1944. in accordance with large learn and containing new fabric it uniquely chronicles that go through the eyes of the German soldier and analyses the explanations for the eventual end result.

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54 Discipline was too ingrained. Soldiers welcomed the organisation and control measures instituted at the various reception screen centres. The horrors of the retreat bespoke a potential collapse that few could imagine or even wished subconsciously to contemplate. The 'system' in effect held them together. The formation of a defensive crust along the Albert canal at the beginning of September was a demonstrative example of the recuperative ability of the German General Staff to stave off total defeat.

The pocket is nearly closed, and the enemy is already at Rouen. I don't think I shall ever see my home again. However we are fighting for Germany and our children, and what happens to us matters not. '" A soldier in any case never benefited from the peace and solitude necessary to gloss over the course of the war. His immediate concern was survival. A universal worry was not death, but worse - that one may not come out of the war sound in mind and 53 IT NEVER S N O W S IN SEPTEMBER limb. Nobody wanted to die a hero's death or suffer mutilation at this stage.

Disciplined and willing, their conception of heroic service was to prove a bitter disappointment. Older age groups were also appearing for the first time. Fathers of families of up to 40 years old were mixed with previous exemptions from service — the non-essential factory workers, small shop-keepers and petty officials who had hoped to remain in the Reich until the end of the war. After a short training they fitted in, often looking after the youngsters in their units with the same fatherly concern they might have shown their own offspring, but for the accident of war.

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