A Bridge Too Far, the Demise of the Democrats

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Posted: May 02, 2022 12:01 AM

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If you are a student of history, you will recognize the title of this missive. If you are not, let me explain. After the successful landings in Normandy the Allies began pushing through the hedgerows and set their sights on crossings into Germany. One of the plans, offered by British General Montgomery, was to spearhead a combined airborne and ground assault through the Netherlands and cross the Rhine River into northern Germany. The operation was to be called Market (Airborne) Garden (Ground). It was to be the largest airborne operation ever known and it pulled together US and British Airborne forces who were to seize critical bridges along a singular route enabling the British Armored XXX Corps to push through.

The problem with the plan was that it was timing-based, and delay could prove catastrophic. The British Airborne was dropped at the farthest bridge crossing, Arnhem. The Americans had to seize the bridge crossing at Eindhoven and Nijmegen, where delays occurred. The

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