(Steve Crook @ Mar 29 2006, 03:22 PM) Quoted post
There's a lot of background that couldn't really be covered effectively in the film:
Like why the reports from the Dutch resistance were ignored - that they were known to be heavily penetrated and mainly run by the Abwehr. Even so, once the Airborne got there, the Dutch were managing to communicate effectively - by using the normal phone system.
Like that Market Garden was about the 20th suggested operation for the Airborne since D-Day and that all the others had been cancelled, often at the last minute. And if the Airborne forces weren't used soon then the winter would set in and the weather would be too bad.
Like that the whole operation, one of the major operations of the war, was put together in less than a week.
There are other things that maybe should have been mentioned but weren't:
Like why a headquarters group had to be moved into the field. That used up many transport planes that could have carried fighting troops and also took a lot of Airborne troops to protect them.
Like why the Dutch military in exile wasn't consulted. There was apparently an exercise the Dutch Army used to give their officers of how to move a body of men across the Netherlands. If you took that single road you failed the exercise! It was so vunerable to attack, being a single road, either raised or with big ditches either side.
There were so many little things that went wrong with the whole operation. Had any one of them, or a few of them, not gone wrong then the whole thing might well have worked. And it probably would have shortened the war so it was worth the effort.
Of course the Dutch people suffered terribly in the "Hunger Winter" that followed. But despite that, they still quite like us and they have a very moving annual ceremony where schoolchildren are told all about what happened and then they go and lay flowers on the graves of those that remain in the area.