With Germany being pushed back across Europe the Allied forces looked to
press their advantage with Operation Market-Garden, a massive airborne
assault that, if successful, could have shortened the war in the west
considerably. The ground advance consisted of an armoured thrust by the
British XXX Corps, while the US 82nd and 101st US Airborne Divisions secured
the bridges at Eindhoven and Nijmegen and the British 1st Airborne Division
and Polish 1st Airborne Brigade were tasked with seizing the final bridge at
Arnhem to secure the route. What they did not realise was that the 9. SS and
10. SS-Panzer Divisions were nearby, ready to reinforce the local garrison
and fend off the Allied assault.
Focusing on the role played by these British and Polish troops, Ken Ford
examines Operation Market-Garden in its entirety, from the early planning
through to the early setbacks and eventual catastrophic conclusion.