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10 thoughts on “Four Hours of Fury

  1. Sweetwilliam Sweetwilliam says:

    This is the type of military history book I like best I prefer books that focus on a particular campaign or battle so that the author has time to drill down to numerous firsthand accounts from the men that did the actual fighting This book is about the largest airborne assault in the history of modern warfare It is about the 20000 men of the US 17th Airborne and British 6th Airborne that jumped rode or tugged a glider or dropped supplies over the Rhine as part of Operation VARSITY The purpose of the mission was to secure the heights on the east side of the Rhine and to capture 10 bridges over the Issel River and Issel canal to prevent German counter attacks This was all to help Montgomery’s 21st Army to secure a crossing over the Rhine River into Germany in Operation PLUNDER The operation was a success but what a bloodbath James M Fenelon is a former paratrooper and 1st time author He wrote a thrilling account of VARSITY based on ten years of painstaking research which included interviews diaries letters after action reports communication logs and combat interviews I think the fact that Fenelon was a former paratrooper himself really helped him to tell the story He had a good rapport with the interviewees and he took the time to tell their stories down to the nuanced details such as the evolution of the paratrooper’s uniform the nomenclature the rivalry with the tankers as well as the evolution of euipment and tactics from D Day to VARSITY The book is 338 pages long and the actual mission is launched on page 179 The drop and the landing took about four hours and the operation was wrapped up in about a day and a half When I got to page 179 and part II of the book I couldn’t put it down I finished the book in less time than it took the 17th and 6th Airborne to link up and secure their objectives There is so much good information in this book I loved it from start to finishIf there is a criticism I would say that there is almost nothing about the British 6th Airborne and there is also almost nothing about the link up with Monty’s 21st Army and the execution of Operation PLUNDER However there is so much about the incredibly complex airborne plan Think about it The air armada contained 1500 powered aircraft and 1300 gliders from 22 different air bases located in England and France The 2800 different aircraft all had to rendezvous in Belgium and continue onto Wesel Germany and arrive at different drop zones in the right order and at the right time It is a miracle that they pulled it off Also There was so much detail about the men in the American Airborne such as the Thirteeners and Raff’s Ruffians the B 24 supply drops the glider pilots the crews that tugged the gliders and dropped the airborne and the wall of flack they encountered that this is still a five star read You really appreciate and understand the types of small unit engagements that the men had to fight and how these men accomplished their mission The war was within six weeks of being over and yet the Allies were still losing 10000 a month or about as many as they were losing in the month of June of 1943 The amazing thing is that I had never heard about operation VARSITY How could this story go largely untold for so long? Why has Hollywood not made a movie about this? I read somewhere in the acknowledgments that Jim Hornfischer was the editor or publisher This book reminds me of one of Hornfischer’s books about the Pacific It was that good What will Fenelon do for an encore? How about telling the British Airborne’s side of the story as well as the execution of PLUNDER? This is a good read

  2. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    I love good military history and so when I saw this title I reuested and received a review copy thanks to Net Galley and Scribner It’s for sale now but I can’t recommend it to you One of the first things I do when I read a new author in this genre is to check notes and sources A first rate military historian will have multiple sources for each fact cited and a reasonably good one will have a variety of sources primary sources being most desirable Fenelon doesn’t do this Much of his information hangs on a single source and often it is not well integrated This is the first time I have seen military history published by a major house that uses Wikipedia as a source All of the history teachers I know send their students back to do a rewrite if they hinge their citations on Wiki and if teenagers aren’t allowed to do it I cannot think why Scribner permitted it What drew me to the book is the paratroopers There seems to be a spate of these coming out right now and I find it fascinating subject material There’s also a trend of which this book is also an example of embracing the brave German troops against whom American forces fought and not unnecessarily either I could get behind this trend easily were it universal but somehow US historians are uick to recognize the shared humanity of former enemies that are Caucasian and others not so much If I could see one just ONE WWII history that recounts kind of brave actions on the part of the Japanese during this conflict I would be a good deal less crankyBe that as it may this book is inadeuately researched and inadeuately documented It’s not professionally rendered so if you want to read it do so critically and evaluate as you read Get it free or cheaply; don’t pay full price

  3. Glenn Coltharp Glenn Coltharp says:

    I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book through NetGalley from Scribner Publishing Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own Thank you to Scribner NetGalley and of course James Fenelon for the honor to receive and read an ARC of this book 4I really enjoyed reading Four Hours of Fury and about Operation Varsity the largest Airborne assault of WW2 as I wasn’t as knowledgeable about the operation as many others during WW2 Mr Fenelon does an excellent job of detailing the events of the operation for the reader The number of sources used to write this book is impressive I really appreciate the fact that the author also focused on the goal of a historian to ‘bring back the dead’ Much respect for that and how he reached out to the soldiers individually The first half of the book talks about the operation planning development and short bio’s about the soldiers about to undertake the epic battle The generals and leaders are focused upon a little extra It’s unbelievable what all went into the operation The reason I gave 4 and not 5 is because there was A LOT of information to digest and it was very difficult to follow many of soldier's stories throughout the whole book I would’ve preferred character development with just a few of the men to make it personal but that’s just me I can understand that the author had garnered many of the stories from the soldiers in the book personally and probably felt it his duty to tell about each one The second half of the book focuses on the operation actually being carried out It makes me proud as an American to read about the sacrifice and skill that went into each man carrying out his orders It’s really humbling The author also has the reader see how brave the Germans were The author describes how they really had NO chance but fought hard anyways There are also side stories involved in the operation where some soldiers earn the Medal of Honor These stories were probably my favorite parts of the book Would I recommend this book? Yes If you like WWII history especially stories including Airborne operations then you’ll be happy you read Four Hours of Fury Favorite uotepart Story about George Peters

  4. Pat Pat says:

    Fantastic book Really enjoyed it Great detail well organized many detailed maps Looking forward to his next book

  5. John John says:

    I received an advance ebook version of this book from NetGalley and Scribner Publishing in exchange for an honest review The book details the events of Operation Varsity on March 24 1945 the largest airborne operation of World War II Over 17000 allied paratroopers and glider troops were dropped in the middle of German lines to force a large scale crossing of the Rhine River into the heart of Germany itself The airborne troops involved were the US 17th Airborne and the British 6th Airborne The book documents the role of the 17th Airborne I was especially interested in this book because I had an uncle who was a paratrooper with the 513th Parachute Infantry regiment of the 17th Airborne He was KIA during Operation VarsityThe book is well written and documented The number of sources used is astounding I liked the author’s writing style and his freuent use of the words of first person participants The first part of the book details the planning and development of Varsity the airborne portion and Plunder the ground portion of the Rhine crossing It provides background on the 17th Airborne’s training and their first action during the Battle of the BulgeThe second half of the book describes the events of Varsity itself both the actions of the paratroopers and the glider riders The author does a good job of describing step by step the actions during the battle of many different companies without bogging the reader down with needless detail or getting lost in complexity Maps are included throughout to illustrate the actionI am grateful to the author and the publisher for providing this excellent account of a major World War II battle that has been largely ignored It deserves credit for documenting the outstanding record of the 17th Airborne Division who lost 1382 men killed in action and another 4713 wounded in this battle They had four Metal of Honor winners I was also very impressed by the German soldiers who fought with great bravery even when it was clear that all was lostI would recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II history especially in the airborne operations

  6. patrick Lorelli patrick Lorelli says:

    This WWII book is about Operation Varsity an allied paratrooper assault which included the US 17th Airborne and also the British 6th Airborne It would be the largest paratrooper landing in WWII with the objective being the Northern part of the Rhine River with its bridges and towns forcing the Germans from the North and South especially after the Battle of the Bulge The first part of the book goes into the planning and details of the mission How Montgomery wanted Ridgeway to be the American commander and who Ridgeway fought not to but was ordered Them how he would disagree with Montgomery on when the jump should take place and other items as wellThe second part of the book is about the jump into the different drop zones different battles that took place and the gallant and sometimes heroic effort to make sure that what was planned was succeeded I found all of this book to be very informative especially since none of the information is ever covered in any other history books that I can think of The efforts again of the troops go and show the dedication to each other and to the defeat of Germany and its war machine Overall a very good book and worth the read for anyone who likes history I received this book from Netgalleycom I gave it 5 stars Follow us at www1rad readerreviewscom

  7. Casey Wheeler Casey Wheeler says:

    This book is well written and researched I have read a great deal about World War II but this is the first that I have read about the 117th Airborne Division and their role in the impending conclusion of World War II in Europe The first half of the book details the events leading up to the four hours of fury and the various decisions good and bad that made it successful and not as successful as it could have been The second half focus on the four hours and the heroic efforts of the men of the 117th to make it a successI recomend this book for those looking for information on the events of World War II that have not been covered in detail elsewhereI received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley Goodreads and my fiction book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook and Twitter pages

  8. Clive Gerrard Clive Gerrard says:

    An exciting read for a non fiction account of the largest airborne assault of World War II Operation Varsity Its told with passion and is thoroughly researched I was gripped from the first page and found I couldn't put the book down so engrossed was I in the courageous exploits of the various platoons and divisions and the sacrifice of the individuals involved It is told from a very American viewpoint with the British and Canadian involvement very much underplayed and even at times uite insulting in its lack of respect for those troops as their sacrifice was no less important in the outcome of the overall battle And this I felt was a real oversight by the author and did take away some of my enjoyment of the account hence only 4 stars when it should have earned 5

  9. Anna Anna says:

    Really good book and was easy to read I liked the details the author gave and all the research he did

  10. Klobetime Klobetime says:

    Operation VARSITY was the largest single day airborne drop in history and

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