This ambitious plan was formulated and presented to Allied high command, less than a month before it was put into effect. The British/Polish part of this plan was an unmitigated disaster. The plan was flawed by a combination of poor intelligence, including the following:-
1. Insufficient appreciation of Arnhem and surrounding area.
2. Insuffcient appreciation of the Dutch infrastructure for 30 corp's drive
to Arnhem Bridge.
3. Insufficient air transport to get all of the units on the ground at the
The post war view of this operation is thought by some, to be an excuse to get the airbourne units into employment.
In the opinion of the Forum, should this operation have been postponed untill a later date, in time for better recconaissance, or do we just accept that it could have worked and the defeat was just unfortunate?