The RCAF and “A Bridge Too Far”

A man on his knees works on the damaged wing of a small aircraft. Behind him, another man works on the same wing.
Leading Aircraftman R.P. Coulson removes the guns from the wing of a Canadian Spitfire damaged by antiaircraft fire. PHOTO: DND Archives. PL-33414

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2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the audacious and ultimately unsuccessful
push to secure bridges over several rivers in Holland and thus open a corridor through which the Allied ground forces could sweep, with the goal of ending the war by Christmas 1944.

There was a general belief that “Jerry” was finished after the terrific losses the Germans sustained during the 1944 Normandy campaign and their retreat through France and Belgium. All it would take would be one big “push” by the Allies to end the war by Christmas.

Or so it was thought. Read the rest of the article . . .

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