By Cornelius Ryan
<big>THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide struggle II </big>
A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the conflict of Arnhem, which marshalled the best armada of troop-carrying plane ever assembled and price the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.
during this compelling paintings of background, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the conflict in Europe in 1944 by way of losing the mixed airborne forces of the yankee and British armies in the back of German strains to trap the the most important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. concentrating on an unlimited forged of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal squaddies and commanders -- Ryan brings to existence probably the most bold and ill-fated operations of the battle. A Bridge Too Far fantastically recreates the phobia and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which led to sour defeat for the Allies.
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Company C, 736th Tank Battalion with the Ninth US Army crossed the Rhine on 23–24 March 1945, mostly equipped with British M4A2 DD tanks but with a few M4A1 DD tanks as well. The 748th Tank Battalion had 51 DD tanks, but a long road march to the Rhine damaged the specialized equipment and only 18 were able to float. Eight were launched across the Rhine near Oppenheim on 23–24 March 1945, with one sinking; ten more were ferried across. This was the last time that the DD tanks were used in an amphibious role during the war, though they continued to serve as normal gun tanks with their skirts removed.
Front hull pontoon attachment ﬁtting 4. Right side ﬂotation pontoon 8. Rudder (folded upward for landing) 9. Rear ﬂotation pontoon 16. Cellophane-wrapped plastic foam ﬂotation cells 13. Side ﬂotation pontoon attachment brace 17. com D T6 DEVICE, US ARMY 711TH TANK BATTALION, OPERATION ICEBERG, OKINAWA, APRIL 1945 TECHNICAL DATA Tank Combat weight T6 Device weight Length Width Height Turret traverse Turret covering Freeboard Draft Propulsion 4 5 Range (at sea) Max. com The LVT(A)-1 and LVT(A)-4 amphibious tanks based on Navy amtracs were useful for providing fire support while swimming ashore during the initial landings, but their thin armor drastically reduced their survivability once they reached shore.
Later tests included the use of the 18-ton engineer pontoon on both the M4 medium tanks and T25/T26 heavy tanks. Development continued after the war, but testing concluded that the existing T12 configuration was unsatisfactory due to the complexity of its construction and its failure to jettison properly during tests. One of the most curious ideas for a river-crossing tank was another Corps of Engineers project called the DUKW Wet Ferry. It consisted of a simple kit that allowed a pair of DUKW amphibious trucks to be attached to either side of an M4 medium tank.
A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II by Cornelius Ryan