101st Airborne & Operation Market-Garden


101st Airborne & Operation Market-Garden

The February 2014 issue of World War II History Magazine.

In the early battles following D-Day, the Allies got more than they bargained for.

Designed by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the objective of Operation Market-Garden was to cross the Lower Rhine at Arnhem and sweep into the Ruhr, the industrial heart of Germany. There was talk at the time that a successful mission could get everyone home by Christmas 1944. The key to its success, however, lay in its timing: the British had approximately 56 hours to relieve the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division at the far end of the corridor, who in theory would be holding the Arnhem bridge.

In Richard Beranty’s “A Bridge So Close,” however, you’ll learn that not everything went as planned for the Allies.

This special feature in the February issue of World War II History Magazine explores the planning that went into Operation Market-Garden, and its shaky delivery.

Hundreds and hundreds of men from the 101st Airborne Division were deployed for the mission. The men converged on the Dutch town of Best and clashed with Nazi forces, but it was here that the Germans showed they more than a few surprises in store.

It turned out that the early estimates of Nazi forces at Best were grossly inaccurate; there was just no way for the Allies to know that two days prior to the mission, hundreds of German troops had detrained in the area. While the exact number is unknown, at least 1,000 troops arrived the day before the fighting, and many more would follow them with heavy artillery; you can read all about the fast and furious battles that ensued in February’s issue.


A Bridge So Close” is just one of the many in-depth features you’ll find in World War II History’s February issue. Inside, you’ll also find:

To Conquer a Fortress,” in which Bastiaan Willems explores the Red Army’s bitter fight to capture the Prussian city of Königsberg.

Combat Horror on Saipan,” David Lippman’s in-depth look at the American capture of Saipan, Guam, Iwo Jima and Tinian, sealing the fate of the Japanese empire.

Mission to Madagascar,” Cleve Barkley’s feature on the threat of Japanese occupation in Madagascar, and the British War Office’s decisive response.

That Last Flight of Nelson King,” in which Keith Buchanan looks at the airmen of the Eighth Air Force and their selfless mission into Bremen.

And of course, you’ll also get fascinating insights into the war from our departments. Mike Haskew’s opening editorial focuses on stolen Nazi art and its sensational recovery in Munich.

Please let us know what you think about these and other stories in the February 2014 issue of World War II History Magazine the comments below.

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