On the afternoon of 17 September 1944, Lieutenant Joseph Enthammer, a Wehrmacht artillery officer based in Arnhem, gazed up to the clear skies, hardly believing what he saw. White 'snowflakes' appeared to hang in the air. 'That cannot be' he thought. 'It never snows in September! They must be parachutists!' They were and he was witnessing the first wave of the British parachute assault on Arnhem. The war had reached the Reich and the blow moreover had come as a total surprise.
The Allies had expected operation Market-Garden to bring about the collapse of the Wehrmacht in the West and shorten the war but the Germans resolved to fight. This ground-breaking study uniquely chronicles this period of the war through the eyes of the ordinary German soldier and analyses the reasons for the eventual outcome.
This major work has stimulated renewed debate about one of the most controversial operations of the last War providing a German perspective on Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem and examining the reasons why this bold Allied stroke failed. This account of the battle is original, penetrating and highly readable, essential for all of those interested in the history of World War 2.