Arnhem/1st British Airborne Division/Op.Market Garden book collection

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Paul Pariso, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Facebook page link below and I have invited the Author to pop in and say a bit about his books. Raymond P Newlyn
  2. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

    An old thread. There hasn't been a posting in seventeen months. Are any of you still collecting books on Arnhem/Market Garden? Are any of you selling your book collections? Please send me a private message if you are. Thank you.
  3. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    In the hope of kick-starting this excellent and informative thread off again (for 509thPIB in particular) here are some that I currently have custody of that may be of interest. Some may appear to have only tenuous connections to Arnhem/1st Airborne/Op. Market Garden (but as those of the Airborne Brotherhood know you are rarely surprised as to who (whom?) is connected to what

    Please note folks that books are not for sale but I will readily look through any of them - when time permits - on behalf of forum members for any snippets or possibly images they may be seeking.

    Ok, Here's one to get the grey matter churning (and the pages of search engines and of your own books turning!)

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  4. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    And another from the 40's.

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  5. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    And one for interested parties to have a read (n.b. constructed the PDF from another source which is too large to post here, plus not enough hours in the day to be scanning pages from the Blackwood compendium)

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  6. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Hi Jim, what is the Arnhem connection in the Blackwood book and also what does Blackwood refer name? TIA Jason.
  7. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Capt Eric Mackay's account of the sappers at the bridge was originally published in Blackwood's Magazine.
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  8. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Hello wtid45,

    To my knowledge it's no connection with Blackwood in the Valleys! (which I've seen signposted when on route to Tredegar)

    The Arnhem connection is that (then) Captain E M Mackay's account of the battle first appeared in Blackwood's in the October 1945 edition. The pdf that I posted up above is that account as it appeared in the magazine.

    Blackwood's Magazine was a periodical founded in 1817 and it's always carried servicemen's stories, invariably in their own words (and it would be great if it's name was taken from Blackwood in Wales)
    In 1968 you could send a sixpenny stamp to 6 Buckingham Street, London WC 2 for a copy (at that time I preferred the bag of chips you could get for a tanner!)
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  9. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Idler, cracking reply, and you can clearly type with more than one finger!
  10. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Jim, Idler...yeah I did wonder on the Blackwood...Wales connection but have heard of the Magazine and makes sense given the Scottish connection.
  11. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I'm just glad I can still remember that sort of stuff. Some of it, at least...
  12. superbee

    superbee Member

    I am still looking for "the airborne club" by Newlyn.
    I tried contacting him by facebook, no luck
    Any ideas where to find copies of vol 1 and 2??
  13. superbee

    superbee Member

  14. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    A couple of the reviews look good on (other review and book/seller sites are available), and despite telling myself time and again that I have enough Market Garden books, I am now in a desperate quandary. Yikes!!
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  15. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    Wait before buying the paperback version as the hardback will be available very soon and volume 2 will be available (also being published in hardback) in September. I’ve only glanced at the paperback version but it looks as though it’s we;; researched.
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  16. superbee

    superbee Member

  17. matchbox

    matchbox Junior Member

    for the completist,

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    superbee Member

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  19. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Great account of Lord's work at Stalagluft XIB here:
    The Lord Down Here: Discipline Lessons from RSM Lord MVO MBE

    On arrival:

    “We were all dirty and unshaven and in various stages of dress and undress. The door opened and in came RSM John Lord, also a POW. He was dressed in immaculate battledress, trousers creased, and he had an arm supported in a snow white sling. Without a word he turned his head slowly to look at each individual in turn and then said in his brisk voice ‘Gentlemen, I think you should all shave!’ He then turned about, stamped his foot and marched out of the room. The effect was electric.” -- Maj Frank Lindley​

    On liberation:

    “At the gate was an impressive guard in maroon beret. We thought that the 6th Airborne Division must somehow have got there first but when I asked the guard commander when he’d arrived his answer was, ‘Just after Arnhem, sir.’ It was faultlessly turned out, that guard. It could have gone on duty at Buckingham Palace and done credit to the Corps.

    Then a majestic figure appeared, the RSM himself, with gleaming brass, immaculate webbing, razor-edged trouser creases, dazzling boots, a spectacular salute. As the officers walked with [RSM Lord] to his office hundreds of prisoners, though wild with joy of liberation, saluted with precision. In the office he produced chairs and offered cups of tea. Asked for numbers and particulars of prisoners in the Stalag, RSM Lord rang a bell. ‘Bring me the personnel files, Corporal,’ he ordered when the door opened, and the fullest details were handed over.

    Passing through the camp, the officers were able to judge the magnitude of the task performed by RSM Lord and his team of Warrant Officers and NCOs, several of them ex-guardsmen… A smoothly running organization had been worked out and maintained. Daily inspection guard mounting, most unpopular when introduced, had restored the prisoners’ self-respect and revived their military bearing, and all had been accomplished amid appalling conditions of over-crowding and undernourishment.”
    -- Maj Ralph Cobbold

    Full text of RSM Lord's biography here [slow loader]:
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    freebird Senior Member

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