CARRINGTON ONE MAN’S DECISION

DAVID TRUESDALE OFFERS A SHARP REBUTTAL TO CLAIMS THAT ARNHEM WAS LOST – OR COULD HAVE BEEN WON – IF NOT FOR THE ACTIONS OF ONE CAPTAIN. THE MAN IN QUESTION WAS LORD CARRINGTON.

Failure at Arnhem. A tricky phrase. When it appears in the historiography, it often demonstrates the author’s inability to fully understand Market Garden – or how it progressed – in its intricate entirety. The complicated, multi-faceted operation required British 1st Airborne Division, in concert with the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group, to capture a number of bridges in the Arnhem area and secure a bridgehead on the north bank of the river. Asked to hold for 24 to 48 hours, they held for nine days. There was no ‘failure’ at Arnhem.

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