Operation Market Garden
Operation Market Garden: Group Captain John Killick (far right) with his paratroopers and a German prisoner outside Arnhem in the Netherlands, Sept 18, 1944. Note the two paratroopers with fixed bayonets on their Sten guns (one next to Killick, the other behind the German prisoner). The Sten with bayonet was a relatively rare example of one of the most famous SMGs of WW2.
As a part of Operation Market-Garden, British armor approach Nijmegen’s bridge in Holland. Taken from the Germans by the US 82nd Airborne Division after an epic river crossing in small boats under heavy enemy fire, the Allies would continue to ward off German attempts to destroy the structure for some time.
In spite of his deep reservations about Lieutenant General Frederick Browning - seen here on the left - Brigadier General James Gavin worked hard to develop a good relationship with him. Here the two men are pictured near Groesbeek shortly after XXX Corps had linked up with the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division (Operation Market-Garden) September 1944.
Field Marshal Montgomery (centre) consults a map with Lieutenant-General Horrocks (left) and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, September 1944.; Lieutenant-General Horrocks was commander of the British Army’s 30 Corps and responsible for the operation’s ground forces. The strategy behind Market Garden has been the source of much debate by military historians. In his memoirs, Montgomery restated his own belief that the operation could have succeeded if it had received greater resources.