Antony Beevor famed chronicler of the second world war recounts a historic military failure. Arnhem tells the tale of Montgomery’s desperate attempt at ending the war a year early. After speeding through France and Belgium they set their sights on Germany, thus Operation Market Garden was born. Allied troops were dropped into the Netherlands under Nazi rule in the hopes of securing key bridges for their path of advance. Unfortunately, this was all for nought as the overstretch of resources such as oil meant that some armoured divisions had to come to a halt. This led to over 20,000 soldiers passing away from malnutrition and approximately 12,000 soldiers taken by the German army. Antony Beevor paints a devastating and intriguing portrait of what people still hail today as ‘one of the greatest mistakes of World War Two’.