Operation Market Garden: Strategic Masterstroke or Battle of the Egos?
Article first published online: 8 APR 2013
© 2013 The Author. History © 2013 The Historical Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 98, Issue 330, pages 191–201, April 2013
How to Cite
Watts, M. (2013), Operation Market Garden: Strategic Masterstroke or Battle of the Egos?. History, 98: 191–201. doi: 10.1111/1468-229X.12003
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2013
In September 1944, the allies undertook the largest ever airborne operation, apparently in an effort to capitalize on the German withdrawal from France and Belgium and end the war in the west by encircling the Ruhr. But what really lay behind this most audacious and daring attempt to finish the war in 1944? Inter-allied rivalry, at the highest levels of military command, and the pursuit of personal ambition, will be discussed to reveal some of the reasons for failure and the post-war bitterness it engendered.