By Tim Saunders
The race by means of Montgomerys floor forces, mostly 30 (British) Corps, to alleviate the USA & united kingdom airborne troops at Nijmegen and Arnhem respectively has been the topic of fierce controversy considering the fact that that dramatic summer time of 1944. within the first of 3 books masking the Battles at the street to Arnhem, skilled writer and tourguide, Tim Saunders, describes the USA 82nd Airborne Divisions bold seizure of the Grave Bridge and their battles for the Grossbeck Heights, and the fight for the important Nijmegen Bridge. whilst he covers the Guards Armoured Divisions determined efforts to hyperlink up at the floor. it is a exciting tale of an important bankruptcy within the Allies enhance in 1944.
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These hitherto little used gunners were now an essential element of the defences, as the cumbersome Allied air space control measures and the early autumn weather allowed the Luftwaffe to challenge Allied air superiority over the battle area. On 23 September, the Dutch Princess Irene Brigade took over defence of the Grave Bridge. A mixture of German troops board a Mk V Panther during the late summer of 1944. The first Sherman tanks of the Grenadier Guards approaching the Grave bridge. Royal Netherlands (Princes Irene) Brigade.
The track my company was on, junctioned with the main road and to follow it would mean exposure to enemy fire. We left the track and passed through some woods alongside the main road. When we got to about opposite the brick pump house on the river dike, we brought our squads on line along the main road and rushed across in a couple of waves. We were taking sporadic fire from both the pump house and the bridge area. Our goal was to take the bridge approach while suppressing fire from the house and bridge.
A lack of ground crew compounded the problem and led to Major General Williams’ USAAF IX Troop Carrier Command (TCC), recommending to Brereton that there should be only one lift per day. Thus, the airborne divisions were not going to arrive in a single ‘clap of thunder’ but over a period of three days. Worse still, in most cases, only half of the first lift would be available to seize objectives on the first day, as vital units had to defend Drop Zones (DZs) and Landing Zones (LZs) for subsequent lifts.
Nijmegen US 82nd Airborne And Guards Armoured Division by Tim Saunders