Following on from BHTV's earlier film in the Market Garden series on the story of Hell's Highway, the series reaches the battle to seize the great Bridges over two of Europe's largest water ways; the Maas and the Waal at Nijmegen. Here the 82nd US airborne were, as elsewhere, denied coup de main attacks to seize the bridges by the air commanders. While the Grave Bridge was captured, confusion in US orders meant that the barely defended bridge in Nijmegen was only attacked when the Germans had taken the opportunity to reinforce the garrison. The resulting battle to regain control of the situation is an epic of Anglo-American military history.
With the 10th SS Frundsberg Division marching south to block the Allied advance, the British Guards Armoured Division delayed by a blown bridge on Hell's Highway arrived and were pitched into a quick attack fighting alongside the American Paratroopers but this quick attack failed to grab the bridges. A better organised and supported attack was needed the following day. The key was to be a river crossing by 3rd 504th Parachute Infantry that British General Miles Dempsey described as he watched as 'unbelievable'. With the Guards and 82nd closing in on the bridges from both sides the German defence crumbled. Even though the Bridges were in Allied hands the 82nd was being assailed by counter attacks from every point of the compass and Hell's Highway had been repeatedly cut behind them and the life blood of an armoured division was being choked off.rnrnOur team of expert soldier/historians explain this amazing story in impeccable detail whilst not avoiding the controversies of this battle, which are so often divided on national lines, and have concentrated on military logic to cut to the truth. The DVD also boasts the first on screen interview with Lord Peter Carrington who crossed the Nijmegen Bridge with the first wave of British tanks.
This film details the epic tasks faced in the battles to seize the two bridges over Europe's largest waterways; the Maas and Waal rivers of Nijmegen.Army Rumour Service Website, John Corr
The mistakes that were made included denying the 82nd Airborne the coup de main attacks to seize the bridges. Grave bridge was captured but confusion in orders and delays meant that the sparsely defended bridge at Nijmegen was only attacked after the Germans had been given the opportunity to reinforce their troops there, leading to an epic and tragic battle.
In this splendid DVD, historians walk the ground and explain each phrase of the battle as it unfolded, from the landings on the Groesbeek Heights and the successful capture of Grave Bridge to the struggle by the Americans and the Grenadier Guards to secure Nijmegen, culminating in the famous assault crossing of the River Waal by the 3rd Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment; an action which was universally acclaimed by observers as the most remarkable and courageous that they has witnessed. Highly recommended.Pegasus Archive
Montgomery's brainchild, Operation Market Garden, was designed to end the war by Christmas 1944 and clear away Hitler's V weapons from the North Sea Coast. Following the collapse of the German Army in Normandy and its flight back across northern France, it seemed that a bold move to seize the three major and numerous other waterways across Holland would place the Second British Army beyond the Rhine. This would deliver Germany's powerhouse the Ruhr, put the Allies on the North German Plain and the road to Berlin. The Allies had, however, outran their supplies and the Germans were staging an amazing…
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