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On This Day in History: 1944, Operation Market Garden. Airborne Troops Parachute Into the Netherlands

 Immortalised in the film A Bridge Too Far, there was a clever plan brought forward to make a sharp surprise on the Germans and hopefully end the war by Christmas. It seemed too good to be true and it was 30,000 men were going to be dropped behind enemy lines and secure several bridges while a ground invasion would take place. The most important bridge leading straight into the Rhine. Some of the objectives were successful, with a no of towns and two cities, Eindhoven and Nijmegen, being liberated. But the bridge to the Rhine ended up being the bridge too far.. Poor weather, lack of communication, supplies, intelligence, added greatly to the failure In turn that meant that most of the Netherlands remained under Nazi occupation until the end of the War. A reminder that great theories do not always mean great practice 

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