German opposition was stiffening. They were determined to live up to the name of their militant subdivision -- Landelyke Knokploegen ("Strong-arm Boys").Everywhere men and women of the vast underground army poised for battle; and in southern towns and villages, people who believed that parts of Holland were already free ran out of their homes to welcome the liberators. As a result, everything from rations to gasoline was being hauled by road, and there was a frustrating shortage of trucks.To keep abreast of the pursuit which, day by day, pushed farther east, every kind of vehicle was being pressed into service. No one had seen Allied troops, either American or British.Because of the spate of rumors, many resistance groups hurriedly met to discuss what should be done. But no one in Driel could tell for sure exactly the direction the convoys were taking. Before long the entire South Beveland peninsula could be in their hands and sealed off from the Dutch mainland at its narrow base north of the Belgian border, barely 18 miles from Antwerp. (Later, in fact, Eisenhower backed Montgomery regarding Diest, but he did say that Bernhard could stay in Brussels "close to 21st Army Group headquarters, where your presence may be needed. Before the invasion, appealing for reinforcements, Von Rundstedt had bluntly informed Hitler's headquarters (OKW -- Oberkommando der Wehrmacht) that the Western Allies, superior in men, equipment and planes, could "land anywhere they want to." Frans Schulte, a retired Dutch major, thought the general enthusiasm was premature. It was the second film based on the events of World War II's failed Operation Market Garden. There were Panzer troops, minus tanks, in their black battle suits; Luftwaffe men, presumably all that remained of German air force units that had been shattered in either France or Belgium; Wehrmacht soldiers from a score of divisions; and Waffen SS troops, their skull-and-crossbones insignia a macabre identification. At the close of the conference, as Blumentritt was later to recall, "Von Rundstedt looked at us and suggested the incredible possibility that, for once, Hitler might be right. In the retreating columns, the underground noted, sentries were now sitting on the fenders of vehicles with rifles and submachine guns at the ready. A Bridge Too Far was the title of Ryan’s book upon which the movie was based. As the founder of The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal, an industry magazine still active today, he spent seventeen years traveling ... On a late September day in 480 B.C., Greek warships faced an invading Persian armada ... On a late September day in 480 B.C., Greek warships faced an invading Persian armada As Montgomery saw it, Eisenhower's communication was one more confirmation that the Supreme Commander was "too far removed from the battle. Convinced that the Germans were broken, the commander of the British 21st Army Group believed that he could not only reach the Ruhr but race all the way to Berlin itself.In his nine-paragraph message to Eisenhower, Montgomery spelled out again the reasons that convinced him that the moment had come for a "really powerful and full-blooded thrust." Ever since, the ambitious officer had been tied to a desk job as commander of an airborne-training establishment, while his elite troopers were used strictly as infantry. In a way, I could hardly blame him. For him, the war had begun with great promise. There were underground cells in every town and village. Pages: 415. People sang the "Wilhelmus" (the Dutch national anthem) and "Oranje Boven!" Filmed in 1977, A Bridge Too Far is an old school war movie. Watching them scurry out of town "on everything with wheels" he wondered: "How far can they get? Model's latest report, which he had sent to Hitler in the early hours of September 4, warned that the crisis was approaching and unless he received a minimum of "twenty-five fresh divisions and an armored reserve of five or six panzer divisions," the entire front might collapse, thereby opening the "gateway into northwest Germany. In the two army groups, he told the Field Marshal, there were "forty-eight 'paper' divisions, fifteen panzer divisions and four brigades with almost no tanks." But then, trying to help the pilot pull the plane away from the water's edge, Eisenhower had badly wrenched his right knee. Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply. 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