Jon cooksey is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the falklands war he is the former editor of battlefields review and the current editor of stand to and his articles have appeared in many of the foremost military magazines and in national newspapers. Operation market garden 17 25 september 1944 was an unsuccessful allied military operation planned and predominantly led by the british it was fought in the netherlands and germany in world war ii the success of the operation depended on taking a series of nine bridges the last being at the city of arnhem over the rhine river airborne and land forces succeeded in the liberation of . An attempt on the waal river bridges is made early that day and later after the first attempt has failed the decision is made to execute the assault crossing at 0800h on september 20th the situation in nijmegen on the morning of september 20th 1944. Each year airborne engineers from the 82nd airborne division commemorate this historic event by holding their own crossing the waal at mckellers lake but this year was special because it was the first in nearly three years that all the engineer companies from the four brigade combat teams of the 82nd airborne division were able to attend due to deployment in support of the global war . Waal crossing one of the main objectives of operation market garden was to capture the two bridges across the waal river in nijmegen this task proved to be difficult
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