Hindsight is 20/20. I realize that, and any analysis of the Market Garden operation in 1944 would conclude that the plan had some problems from the get go. But let's look at the best case scenario. The 101st captures the bridge at Son intact, the 82 has the bridge at Nijmegan ready when XXX Corps shows up. The Guards Division rolls up the highway and across Arnhem Bridge to find Col. Frost and his men anxiously awaiting their arrival about 48 hours after their drop.
World War 2 and even just the Western Front was a war fought by armies and army groups. Did anyone actually think that putting part of a single corps across the Rhine river at the end of a 300 mile long tether was going to mean the Germans were suddenly going to throw in the towel and call it quits?
I guess it might have been a decent start, but until the Allies cleared the Scheldt Estuary or made some other way to improve their supply situation, was it really a war ender? As it was the allies ended up with a useless salient in their front lines. Success seems that it would have only made a longer, more vulnerable salient. What was phase two?
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