Operation Market Garden 1944. The Allies were unaware of the location near Arnhem of the refitting 9th and 10th SS-Panzer divisions. Although at only 20-25 percent strength(5,500-,6000 men), and very short of equipment, the presence of these experienced soldiers was a nasty surprise for the British 1st Airborne Division and contributed  heavily to their ultimate demise and the failure of the Market Garden Operation.

Operation Market Garden The Allies were unaware of the location near…

Men of the 82nd airborne regroup after their jump during operation market garden, 1944

Men of the airborne regroup after their jump during operation market garden, 1944

OPERATION 'MARKET GARDEN' - THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM, SEPTEMBER 1944

BU Troops take advantage of a lull in the fighting to prepare a hasty meal.

OPERATION 'MARKET GARDEN' - THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM, SEPTEMBER 1944/ A heavy machine gun trained on houses in which snipers were located. © IWM (BU 1149)

BU A heavy machine gun trained on houses in which snipers were located.

B24 caught just at the moment of crashing during Operation Market Garden, Holland Sept 1944.

caught just at the moment of crash landing during Operation Market Garden, Sept 1944 Holland.

Paratroopers in Nijmegen, oldest city in the Netherlands, during Operation Market Garden.Sept17-25 1944

Paratroopers in Nijmegen, oldest city in the Netherlands, during Operation Market Garden. Market Gardens being one of the stupidest moves in military history

British captured during Operation Market Garden - Arnhem

British captured during Operation Market Garden Arnhem 1944 My grandad 'John Edmund Sears' (left)

OPERATION 'MARKET GARDEN' - THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM, SEPTEMBER 1944/ Catalogue number: HU 2135  German photograph of British dead after the battle.  (All Rights Reserved except for Fair Dealing exceptions otherwise permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.)

Dead British soldiers killed in the battle for Arnhem 17 - 25 September 1944

Operation Market-Garden, which includes the Battle for Arnhem, began in September 1944 and became the single largest airborne battle in history, even larger than the German invasion of Crete, Operation Mercury. Market-Garden was the only true attempt by the Allies to use airborne forces in a large strategic invasion role in Europe and would be the last time.

Operation Market-Garden, which includes the Battle for Arnhem, began in September 1944 and became the single largest airborne battle in history, even larger than the German invasion of Crete, Operation Mercury. Market-Garden was the only true attempt by t

Operation Market Garden: British 1st Airborne Division, 17-21 September 1944

Operation Market Garden: British 1st Airborne Division, 17-21 September 1944

Operation Market Garden.  An unsuccessful military operation in an attempt to take control of two bridges in Germany and the Netherlands; it was the largest airborne operation at that time. Sept. 1944 second world war.

An unsuccessful military operation in an attempt to take control of two bridges in Germany and the Netherlands; it was the largest airborne operation at that time. 1944 second world war.

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