This twin DVD set covers the Garden component of Operation Market Garden. The plan was for airborne forces to drop on the series of bridges in the Netherlands that lay between the Allies ground positions and the German frontier.
An absorbing and inspiring story of great courage and tenacity that is not to be missed.
NAME: Arnhem, Operation Market Garden, The Battle for the Bridges
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
PRESENTER(S): Tim Saunders, Mike Peters, Jo Hook, Richard Hone, Tom Dormer, John Greenacre, Bob Hilton, Bob Darby
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: Two DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 130 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
PRICE: GB £19.99
SUBJECT: Airborne assault, paratroops, gliders, infantry, WWII, Second World War, technology, armoured columns, World War Two, 1939-1945, 1944
DESCRIPTION: This twin DVD set covers the Garden component of Operation Market Garden. The plan was for airborne forces to drop on the series of bridges in the Netherlands that lay between the Allies ground positions and the German frontier. The XXXCorps was to race to the bridges to relieve the airborne troops and create a corridor into Germany to speed the ending of the war This was an ambitious plan and is one of the most hotly debated operations of WWII. The two significant difficulties in making the operation a success were the very narrow and exposed highway linking the bridges, and the serious lack of aircraft and gliders for the huge airborne force necessary to secure the bridges. The performance of ground forces and airborne forces was outstanding. The British airborne forces tasked with securing the Arnhem Bridge were always going to be the most exposed of the forces taking part. There is conjecture about the response by the senior planners to evidence of German armour in the Arnhem area. The response has to be seen against the background of 14 cancelled airborne operations in August. The airborne commanders were determined not to miss the opportunities they believed were created by Operation Market Garden and some are convinced that this led to deliberate risk taking. However, the airborne light infantry that was dropped or landed in the Arnhem area held off the 9th SS Hohenstaufen Panzer Division to secure the undamaged bridge and continued fighting long after the period anticipated in the planning. Had the ground forces in Market been able to keep to schedule, a complete victory would have been achieved. Of course every battle ends with a series of ‘what if’ questions and one question is why the RAF were not tasked with carpet bombing the lagers set up for the SS Panzers, or why the RAF did not then allocate ground attack aircraft. There will also be questions about why the drop and landing zones were so far from the bridge, or why the radio communications proved so ineffective. The questions aside, this was an epic battle fought with great bravery by a lightly armed airborne force inserted into an area where there were heavily armed and highly experienced defenders. The presentation team has reviewed the background and then followed 2 Para as it reached for and secured the bridge. Experts on the battle assist the presenters who are themselves former soldiers and military historians to cut through the myths and bring fresh insights to this epic combat of WWII. An absorbing and inspiring story of great courage and tenacity that is not to be missed.