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Sir Antony Beevor at CFC - 20 Nov 2018

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For those who might be interested, Sir Anthony Beevor, best selling WW2 author will be at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto, on 20 Nov 2018 to talk about his new book on Operation Market Garden. Details below:


Join us on the evening of Tuesday 20 November when the prizewinning historian and internationally bestselling author of D-Day reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem in this gripping new account.

On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division.

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.

Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, American, British, Polish, and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called "The Last German Victory."

Share an evening with CFC Foundation members and friends and learn about this deadliest airborne operation, this single dramatic battle and the very heart of war.

Bring a friend - new members are always welcome!

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, 20 November

Doors open: 6:30 pm

Talk: 7:00 pm

Location: Traynor Auditorium
Canadian Forces College, 215 Yonge Blvd, Toronto
Free parking. Enter using Sandringham entrance.

Dress: Business casual attire


CFCF Foundation Members - $ 30
Non-Members - $35
NATO Association Members - $30
CFC Students, Staff - FREE (must register to reserve a spot)
College, University, High School students - FREE (must register to reserve a spot)

Books will be available for purchase at the event. (Cheque, Cash and Credit Card accepted)

MAJOR WWII BATTLE: Arnhem was a major airborne battle of the Second World War fought in and around the Dutch towns of Arnhem, Oosterbeek, Wolfheze, Driel and the surrounding countryside in September 1944. The devastating confrontation took a heavy toll on the British 1st Airborne Divisions and their allies from which it would never recover, yet their fight north of the Rhine was a major feat of arms.

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Start of a post:

World War II: Operation Market Garden, or, The Allies’ “Botch on the Rhine”

Further to this post,

World War II: The All-Too-Good Deutsche Wehrmacht

the quote in the title of this post is the title of a stinging piece in the NY Review of Books by Max Hastings (his website here) that considers a new book by Antony Beevor (his website here)–excerpts:

The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II