“Supplies would be dropped automatically to all divisions and the Polish brigade; the first full supply drop now was scheduled for D plus 1. Supplies would continue be dropped by parachute until landing strips could be prepared. The Eighth Air Force did agree to furnish 252 B-24 bombers, with ball turrets removed, for resupply missions. The crews to handle the supplies on the bombers had to be trained quickly, and arrangements made for moving supplies to the Eighth Air Force bases. Supplies were to move to those bases on 16 September in 110 trucks and trailers to be furnished by the supply services. The men from the services of supply would accompany the loads to the airfields, supervise the loading in the aircraft, and accompany the planes to eject the bundles.” ~ Major James A. Huston
On 17 September 1944 at 1040L paratroopers from the 101st and 82d Airborne Divisions began their journey again over the skies of occupied Europe and to free the Dutch people from almost five years of occupation. The objective of this latest Allied operation code named Market-Garden was to take and hold five strategic bridges for the advancing British XXX Corps…
This Coalition plan authored by British Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery attempted to capture enough German territory with the ultimate objective of seizing the Ruhr Valley—home to a much of the German war industrial base.
The plan was made quickly with a great deal of assumptions and wishful thinking—including logistics—which contributed to the destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem.
I would recommend viewing A Bridge Too Far and read the classic (of the same name) by Cornelius Ryan for the “rest of the story.”
Next month will be discussing Heirpower!
The Air Invasion of Holland, Major James A. Huston, p 37-57, August 1952, Military Review
The Air Invasion of Holland II, Major James A. Huston, p 13-27, September 1952, Military Review
LOA HMP 2016 Infographic