Hell’s Highway


Today’s post is from Douglas at the Genealogy Center:

Hell's highway : a chronicle of the 101st Airborne Division in the Holland Campaign, September-November 1944

Hell’s Highway: A Chronicle of the 101st Airborne Division in the Holland Campaign, September-November 1944 by George Koskimaki

Hell’s Highway by George Koskimaki tells the story of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden. This battle was popularized by the movie A Bridge Too Far, with an all-star cast.

This is a more complete version of Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. (In his book this operation covers a little more than two chapters, and then only from the one unit’s viewpoint.) Mr. Koskimaki delivers his story in the style of Cornelius Ryan’s A Bridge Too Far, but much more in-depth. He concentrates only on the 101st Airborne Division, where Mr. Ryan covered all units and segments of the overall battle.

The reader gets the battle from all points of view. The stories, comments and observations are from the Dutch citizenry, as well as the soldiers, sailors and airmen from all countries and units involved in the battle. Stories from bakery delivery boys, nurses, telephone operators, privates, sergeants, lieutenants, colonels and generals give the reader a true sense of “being there” and sharing the effects of the war – both good and bad.

The book is a war story and contains very graphic depictions throughout the battle.

I recommend this book for high school students and adults.



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