September 28, 2018
ERMELO, Netherlands (Sept. 22, 2018) Seventy-four years ago this week, more than 41,000 Allied paratroopers dropped in to the Netherlands as part of the largest aerial assault in history, Operation Market Garden. Their goal was to take nine bridges over three rivers, securing a strong access point into Nazi Germany from the north. After capturing six bridges between Eindhoven and Nijmegen, Nazi forces held the bridge over the Waal River. Operation Market Garden was ultimately a failure for the Allies, resulting in the loss of nearly 17,000 Allied soldiers and many thousands of Germans.