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British paratroops of 1st Airborne Division in a Dakota aircraft on their way to Arnhem during Operation 'Market Garden', 17 September 1944.

K Arnhem 17 - 25 September British paratroops of the (British) Airborne Division in their aircraft during the flight to Arnhem. They had the toughest assignment of the operation the capture of the bridge over the Neder Rijn at Arnhem

British troops of the 1st Airborne Division aboard C-47 transport aircraft for Operation Market Garden, 17 Sep 1944

[Photo] British troops of the 1st Airborne Division aboard C-47 transport aircraft for Operation Market Garden, 17 Sep 1944

SEP 17 1944 Market Garden: Allied airborne attack into Holland British paratroops inside a transport plane to land with the First Allied Airborne Army on enemy-held Holland.

Burning British Horsa glider. Photo Credit.

Burning British Horsa glider. Photo Credit.

Sturmgeschütz III für Sturmkanone 40 (L/48) mit Topfblende, Seitenschürzen und Zimmeritbeschichtung (Sd.Kfz. 142/1) Ausf. G | Captured British paratroopers gathered by the 9. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division „Hohenstaufen“ on the Eastern side of Oosterbeek, Netherlands, 20 September 1944.

Captured British paratroopers gathered by the SS-Panzergrenadier-Division „Hohenstaufen“ on the Eastern side of Oosterbeek, Netherlands, 20 September

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SEP 17 1944 Market Garden: Allied airborne attack into Holland Paratroopers of Airborne Division Signals gather on the drop zone west of Arnhem, 17 September

A group of very young soldiers of the 12th Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” Waffen SS prisoners in Normandy in July 1944.

Four Waffen SS troopers taken prisoner from SS Reconnaissance Battalion at Arnhem Bridge

British troops of the 1st Airborne Division boarding their aircraft for Operation Market Garden, 17 September 1944. (Imperial War Museum)

[Photo] British troops of the 1st Airborne Division boarding their aircraft for Operation Market Garden, 17 Sep 1944

[Photo] British troops of the Airborne Division boarding their aircraft for Operation Market Garden, 17 Sep 1944

Operation Market Garden 1944. The Allies were unaware of the location near Arnhem of the refitting 9th and 10th SS-Panzer divisions. Although at only 20-25 percent strength(5,500-,6000 men), and very short of equipment, the presence of these experienced soldiers was a nasty surprise for the British 1st Airborne Division and contributed  heavily to their ultimate demise and the failure of the Market Garden Operation.

Operation Market Garden The Allies were unaware of the location near…

Brave British Paratroops at Osterboek, Holland, September 1944, in the battle for Arnhem

Telegram that spelled end of 'A Bridge Too Far' battle

Brave British Paratroops at Oosterbeek, Holland, September in the battle for Arnhem

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