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A Bridge Too Far
James M. Gavin - Wikipedia
Lieutenant General James Gavin commanded the 82nd Airborne in Operation Market Garden. The 82nd was to take the bridge across the Maas river in Grave, seize at least one of four bridges across the Maas-Waal canal and the bridge across the Waal river in Nijmegen. Also the 82nd was to take control of the high grounds in the vicinity of Groesbeek, a small Dutch town near the German border
BRITISH SKY TOURS
General Maxwell Taylor. As commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division, he was the first allied general to land in France on D-Day. He and his men jumped during the night behind enemy lines. Though a fine leader, he missed his division's toughest hour: the German siege of Bastogne, during the Battle of the Ardennes (January 1945). He had been summoned to a meeting in the US. In 1957 he commanded the troops that intervened in Little Rock (Arkansas) to enforce school desegregation.
General Friedrich Kussin (1895-1944), the German commander of Arnhem in the Netherlands, was ambushed and killed by British paratroopers at a crossroads on September 17, 1944 during Operation Market Garden. This is a photograph of Josef Willeke, his dead driver, also killed in the attack by multiple machine gun fire, along with his interpreter, Max Köster. The three Germans were apparently only armed with second-rank obsolete rifles.
The Germans drw thei attention to both the bridge and Oosterbeek and began to greatly hamper the operation to capture Arnhem. This is an image of a 9th SS SdKfz 251 half-track in action at Oosterbeek. Notice the supply parachute in the background. Supplies supposed to sustain the defenders often fell into the hands of the enemy instead.
Once Upon a Time in War
As a part of Operation Market-Garden, British armor approach Nijmegen’s bridge in Holland. Taken from the Germans by the US 82nd Airborne Division after an epic river crossing in small boats under heavy enemy fire, the Allies would continue to ward off German attempts to destroy the structure for some time.
153rd Field Regiment Royal Artillery, crossing the Waal Bridge, Nijmegen during Operation Market Garden, Sept 1944 -- The German 10th Panzerdivision had five hundred men at the bridge, but after the Americans crossed the river in small rafts and British tanks advanced on them from the south, they had to give up the bridge. WWII #Nijmegen