This film covers the desperate fighting by the Guards Armoured and 43rd Wessex Division between Nijmegen and the Rhine as they struggled to reach the Poles at Driel and the banks of the Rhine opposite the Oosterbeek Perimeter, where the increasingly beleaguered airborne troops were grimly hanging on. Experts in this often overlooked part of the battle link these events to those being played out north of the Rhine and bring a new clarity to what is often a one sided view of events.
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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.
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.
Army Rumour Service Website, John Corr
Arnhem - Battle of the Woods is the second instalment of the three part Market Garden DVD collection from BHTV (Battlefield History TV). BHTV has developed into a slick, highly professional production company. They have gathered together a group of experts that are so well versed in their subject that they leave nothing to the imagination, the facts are painted right in front of your eyes. Using re-enactors from the 1st Airborne re-enactment Group this DVD gives such a complete overview of the events surrounding the battle fought between 4th Para Brigade and the SS troopers of the Hosenstauffen Panzer Division in the woods West of Arnhem. If the purpose of this DVD was solely to encourage viewers to take a Battlefield tour to Arnhem then for me it is a resounding success. Visiting the museums shown in the DVD has been added to my "must do" list. Also being able to see the re-enactment group using the equipment used in Operation Market Garden in the actual battlefield location makes you.. Read more
The presentation is good and the original maps and details of orbit are something I have not seen before, in fact some have never been seen outside of military archives!
..this is a very good and illuminating presentation, very much what we have come to expect from Pen and Sword Military and one I would heartily recommend.
The Army Rumour Service
Part of a series of films examining various aspects of Operation Market Garden, this superb DVD follows the efforts of the 1st Parachute Brigade to reach Arnhem Bridge and the famous battle fought to defend it. There have been any number of documentaries which have chosen this same and perhaps overly familiar subject, yet this one is in a league far above them as it devotes two hours to this one aspect of the battle and as such is packed with detail. Coupled with interviews of veterans and the insights of a group of highly knowledgeable historians, who walk the ground around Arnhem and explain each phase of the battle as it unfolded, the result is a most authoritative account that will not disappoint even those who have a very thorough understanding of the battle.