Operation Market Garden, which began on the 17th of September 1944, was an attempt by the Allies to take bridges over the main rivers of the German-occupied Netherlands. Despite the risks posed by such an ambitous operation, it was hoped that the plan would see a quick end to the long and bloody conflict.
The plan, devised by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, was history's largest airborne operation, more than 30,000 British, American and Polish troops landed miles behind enemy lines.
Far from being a decisive masterstroke it was a disaster, one of the worst Allied defeats of the Second World War. The question is, why?
Using innovative research on the ground over which the campaign was fought, this programme uncovers new insights in the fields of intelligence, communications, weaponry, and terrain.
Was Operation Market Garden a daring plan that almost succeeded, or was it fatally flawed before it even began?
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