The First Bridge Too Far

The Battle of Primosole Bridge 1943

Mark Saliger

 
Publication date:
July 2018
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
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Overview
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• The full story of the British airborne forces attempt to take the strategically important Primosole Bridge, published for the 75th anniversary of the battle
• Shows how this battle was a precursor to the Battle of Arnhem - and the lessons that were and were not learned
• Written by a former paratrooper with a 'soldier's eye view'

For the very first time, the Battle of Primosole Bridge is brought to life in a well-researched narrative solely dedicated to one of the bloodiest and hardest fought battles for British airborne troops of World War Two.

Primosole Bridge in Sicily (13-16 July 1943) provided the stage for the first instance of opposing elite paratroopers parachuting into battle and then fighting each other in a see-saw battle raging under the blazing Mediterranean sky. It's a story of courage and determination. A story of legendary military units and their commanders. A story that now, on the eve of its 75th Anniversary, finally needs to be told.

The British paratroopers of the famed Parachute Regiment's 1st Parachute Brigade, known as the ‘Red Devils', fought their equally esteemed German paratrooper opponents, known as the ‘Green Devils', in a battle of attrition central to the entire success of the Allies' first invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe. These two sets of elite Devils fought each other to a stand-still in Hellish conditions. The paratroopers found themselves cut-off behind enemy lines with dwindling ammunition and ever-growing enemy forces encircling. Their courage and determination in standing up to overwhelming odds allowed the ground forces to arrive and capture the bridge in the nick of time before it was destroyed. The hard-won experience gained by the 1st Parachute Brigade was again tested only a year later at the Battle of Arnhem, the battle christened a bridge too far. It was in fact an almost identical battle, but on a larger scale, to the ferocious fight that the British paratroopers had faced only months previously. The Battle of Arnhem is well documented. The Battle of Primosole Bridge, which provided the foundations for the men and planning for the legendary events at Arnhem, is virtually unheard of and needs to be told at last in order to honour the sacrifice of the Britain's unsung war heroes.

REVIEWS

This book provides great insight into the planning, training, preparation and execution of a raid behind the lines to take and hold the objective. It is well written and easy to read while giving an enormous amount of detail. Whether you are interested in the Parachute Regiment, the Invasion of Sicily or the Italian Campaign as a whole, this is one book that should be on you bookshelf.
Italy Star Association 1943-1945

… the Battle of Primosole Bridge is brought to life in a well-researched narrative solely dedicated to one of the bloodiest and hardest fought battles for British airborne troops of World War Two.
Recollections of World War II