Arnhem Lift - Louis HagenLondon: Hammond Hammond, 1953, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the spine ends and corners and further long, but closed, tears. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout.
First in this illustrated edition. [First: 1945] Contains: Black & white drawings; Maps;
From the cover: “This is the story of the First British Airborne Division’s great fight to hold the Arnhem Bridge, as seen and experienced by a Glider Pilot.
When Louis Hagen, the glider pilot in question, arrived home on leave after fighting right through the Arnhem action, everybody wanted to hear his story. He told it again and again until the repetition became irksome, so he spent the rest of his leave writing it all down, while the events were still vivid in his mind. Any more friends who asked him for the story would get a typewritten report ! That is his explanation of how Arnhem Lift came to be written.
This young soldier had no public in mind, beyond a few personal friends, when he set down his adventures, which may account for the intimate quality of his writing. But there can be no doubt he has a flair for picking out those details and moments which we all want to hear about — the touches of unexpected realism which help us to visualise and live over again the incredible heroic episode of Arnhem.
This is the story of one man’s battle. It does not purport to describe the action as a whole. It gives, instead, a series of ultra-vivid images and experiences. Like real life, it is inconsequent and surprising. It is also straightforward and free of egoism.
The illustrations are by Deliss, also one of the pitifully few who returned.”