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Operation Market Garden, defeat at Arnhem Bridge

edited August 2011 in Garden Bridges 0.00 Karma

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
necessary time.

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?

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  • 0.00 KarmaPosts: 0
    Monty was a vainglorious egocentric.
    His plans always revolved around him getting the kudos, IMHO. The practicality of a plan wasn't as important as how it would make him look when it succeeded. (Monty fans, sorry about that.)
  • 0.00 KarmaPosts: 0

    shouldn't have gone ahead with it at all, Montgomery thought it up just to put himself back in the spotlight, he was very dissatisfied with how Eisenhower was his superior and felt he should have been in command, even when intel reveled the presence of some SS panzer divisions in the drop area they didn't revise the plan at all, the units were dropped way to far from the bridges, the reason being that the area had too much AA defenses, the moment they landed the germans instantly knew what their target was. the tank units that were supposed to move up highway 69 come under sever attack by the german SS panzer units and heavy artillery which was made easier to keep supplied as they were located very near to an ammunition deport. the tanks couldn't get through, the airborne troops were cut off, it was 'a bridge to far'. all the while Montgomery really wasn't keeping his eye on the ball, he was still to preoccupied with his frustration of not being the overall allied commander
  • 0.00 KarmaPosts: 0
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by banban

    "Monty was a vainglorious egocentric. His plans always revolved around him getting the kudos, IMHO. The practicality of a plan wasn't as important as how it would make him look when it succeeded. (Monty fans, sorry about that.)"

    The US part of the operation went quite well, but 30 Corps had too many bridges to cross and on a road not wide enough for Armour to get a hasty move on.
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