Airborne Carpet Operation Market Garden by Anthony Farrar Hockley

By Anthony Farrar Hockley

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There was complete silence as eyes read, consumed the information disclosed: the thin corridor running northwards through Borken and Valkenswaard to Eindhoven; the symbols showing the dropping zones of the 101st and their objectives beyond; the road running on to Grave and Nijmegen; the Maas, the Maas/Waal canal, the Waal, the high ground to the east of the road, all in the area of the 82nd; and beyond, the Rhine, Arnhem and Airborne with the Poles. 'This is a tale you will tell your grandchildren," Horrocks began.

On the 15th, battalion com- manders and officers were admitted to the secret on the 16th, the soldiers were briefed. Camps and barracks were then sealed, though special ; C 47 Transports and in gliders training close formation flying 45 Above: Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks, commander of XXX Corps, who led the British Armoured column along the carpet to the Rhine. Far right: A wrecked V-1 launching site arrangements were made to send a number of selected men out to local towns and villages under caution so that the word should not spread through the British countryside that Americans, Poles and British airborne soldiers were concentrating for an operation.

At once, accompanied by a staff officer and radio truck, Bittrich drove to Oosterbeek to see Model, while his headquarters packed and made ready to move. 7th, when Bittrich arrived at Oosterbeek, and the 10th Between the when headquarters Doetinchem, east of the Ijssel, there were several changes of plan for II Panzer Korps, not surprisingly in view of the continually changing circumstances of the battlefield. Zangen had now suc- September, had established his itself at ceeded in reorganising one division of those he had evacuated across the Scheldt, the 245th, which would shortly pass to First Parachute Army, but it was a feeble one.

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