Re: 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers for always remembered in the Netherlands
Market Garden was essentially a British operation first proposed by Field Marshall Montgomery. Other allied commanders were cool to the idea, but the Americans had gotten their way much more often then the British, so the allies went along with it. German forces were much stronger then the allies anticipated, and the Germans also had armored battalions available which was a shock to the allies. Market Garden was one of very few allied operations that were a failure in WW 2. Some like to consider Dunkirk to be a moral success, but the Brits got their a-s kicked. The Americans didn't do too well at the first Kasserine pass battle, but when George Patton took over command things changed big time. The Brits lost everything that they had gained in North Africa when Winston stripped their forces for an ill-advised foray into Greece. Other then Market garden, that's about all of our major defeats. I suppose that you could add Pearl Harbor, but actually in the long run, it helped the US more then it did the Japanese. I am well aware that the Europeans have a fondness for the allied troops (with the possible exception of Germany). Ironically, Germany made out better by losing then they would have by winning.
Last edited by John Codman; 11-24-2013 at 10:51 PM.
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