It is 06:00, dawn on the second day of Operation Market Garden. The British airborne forces hold the main road bridge at Arnhem, but are under severe pressure from German forces of 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions.
Forces deployed are as below:
1st Airborne Recce Sqn. with machine guns, 1 rifle company of 2nd Bn, Parachute Regt., 2 rifle companies of 3rd Bn, Parachute Regt. (one supported with 3” mortars). These forces hold the northern approach to the road bridge across the Rhine.
1st and 11th Battalions, Parachute Regiment, approaching from the west.
1st Panzer Grenadier Battalion, 9th SS Panzer Regt., approaching from the north:
16th SS Training Battalion, now including the Bridge Defence Company, in the centre of Arnhem:
1st Artillery Battalion, 10th SS Panzer Division, in the east of Arnhem, north of the Rhine.
Purists will note that many of the German forces are equipped with 1940 period uniforms and vehicle paint schemes, and that some of the British airborne forces, particularly machine gunners, are represented by regular infantry. Also that many bases still need to be scenically completed.
In the interests of pushing the campaign forwards, I intend to overlook these minor issues for the time being.
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“Purists will note that many of the German forces are equipped with 1940 period uniforms and vehicle paint schemes, and that some of the British airborne forces, particularly machine gunners, are represented by regular infantry”
You overestimate our ability to distinguish anything in this scale 🙂 Crack on with the campaign!