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Speed was of the essence, which made the plan risky. During the planning Browning is reputed to have made the famous comment about the attempt on Arnhem possibly being 'a bridge too far'. The airborne part of the operation was to be Operation Market, whilst the ground assault became Operation Garden. It was set to begin on 17 September, 44 IN ACTION 45 SPEARHEAD: 82ND AIRBORNE Above right: The journey-this map shows the track and waypoints on the northern and southern routes to Holland. (Based on drawings in the USAAF's Secret report on Operation Market Garden) Below right: The landings-this map shows the drop zones used on 17 September.
82nd Airborne Museum) Below right: Checking equipment and loading up at the start of the operation. The man in the foreground is wearing an M1A1 carbine-carrying case; behind him, one trooper checks another's TS parachute; at the aircraft, a weapon's bag is passed into the interior (US Army) US XVIII Airborne Corps: US 17th, 82nd, and 101st Airborne Divisions I British Airborne Corps: 1st and 6th British Airborne Divisions, 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade, 52nd (Lowland) Division (Airportable) USAAF IX Troop Carrier Command Nos 38 and 46 Groups, RAF Eisenhower eventually decided to give priority to Montgomery's 21st Army Group as it thrust through Belgium towards Holland, securing the Channel ports and overrunning V-2 sites that were dropping the world's first operational ballistic missiles on London.
Driving across the Douve on 14 June they cleared the enemy from some 100 square miles of territory in less than 48 hours. By the 16th they were in control of St Sauveur-Ie-Vicomte, allowing the 9th Division to pass through their lines and reach the coast on the following day in preparation for the drive on Cherbourg. During the ensuing days the division turned south and took dozens of objectives against tenacious German resistance to consolidate the bridgehead. Often they were days ahead of the 'legs' divisions designated for the objectives who were moving much more slowly.
82nd Airborne Division. ’’All American’’ by Mike Verier