The Devil’s Birthday

By Geoffrey S. Powell

You’ve watched the film. You’ve dreamed about the PIAT. Now read Powell’s first-hand account as he dispels many Market Garden myths and reveals the reasons for dismal failure. In ‘The Devil’s Birthday: The Bridges to Arnhem 1944’, his descriptions of on-the-ground combat are harrowing but his writing is readable (always a bonus for such detail-rich books), and some of his views might make your right eyebrow raise, just a little. Was Browning right to put his HQ battalion in the first drop? Does Powell go easy on Monty? Or did Easy Company create more problems than they solved? Make room on your bookshelves and make up your own mind after reading The Devil’s Birthday.

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