|Operation Market Garden|
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17th – 25th September, 1944
Operation Market Garden was an Allied Airborne operation designed to parachute troops into German-occupied Arnhem, Eindhoven, and Nijmegen in Holland to capture a strategically important set of bridges, however U.S. airborne forces never actually landed in Arnhem (instead the 1st British Parachute Brigade and Polish Independent Parachute Battalion landed in Arnhem while the U.S. took Eindhoven and Nijmegen) this may be a mistake made by DICE or used so that they would not have to create another faction.
In reality, the plan was to take and hold strategic points with airborne troops and have the 30th Corps relieve the paratroopers with lightning-speed advances to eventually liberate the Netherlands and invade Germany. 'Market' is the code name for the initial paratroop landings and 'Garden' is the subsequent advance of the 30th Corps. The entire operation failed due to the slower-than-expected advance of the 30th Corps and logistical problems on the Allied side. The airborne forces suffered very heavy casualties and had to be withdrawn and in doing so ended any chance of the war in Europe ending in 1944. In Arnhem, after a valiant and costly defensive battle, almost all of the 1st British Parachute Brigade were killed or captured while the U.S. 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions had to retreat after suffering heavy casualties.
It is featured as a map for Battlefield 1942.
At the beginning of the game, the US and German forces both have uncapturable bases, the German close to the bridge, the US beyond the town of Arnhem on the other side. US forces can also initially spawn by parachuting close to one of the bases, the Church. Between the two forces lie 4 capturable flags, the church, on the US side of the town, one in the middle of the town, one on edge of the town at the end of the bridge and a final to the West near a more minor bridge.
The Allies start off with 3 planes, including a B-17, Jeeps and armored buildings. The Axis start with more tanks, but no planes at all.
|United States Army|
United States Army:Edit
2nd Panzer Division Field HQEdit
Spawns two M4 Shermans under American control or two Panzer IVs under German control.
Spawns an M3A1 under American control or a Hanomag under German control.