Oryon Collection ORY3002 WWII Historic Battles 4-Figure Set: "Arnhem", Holland, September 1944 (1:35 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
Operation Market Garden (September 17th-25th, 1944) was an Allied military operation in World War II. Its tactical objectives were to secure a series of bridges over the main rivers of the German-occupied Netherlands by large-scale use of airborne forces together with a rapid advance by armoured units along the connecting roads, for the strategic purpose of allowing an Allied crossing of the Rhine river, the last major natural barrier to an advance into Germany.
The operation was initially successful with the capture of the Waal bridge at Nijmegen on September 20, but was a failure overall as the final Rhine bridge at Arnhem was not taken and the British 1st Airborne Division was destroyed in the battle, despite holding on far longer than estimated before the implementation. The Rhine would remain a barrier to the Allied advance until the Allied Offensives in March 1945.
This 4-piece figure set consists of two British Parachutists from the 1st Airborne Division ("Red Devils") and two German parachutists from the 6th Fallschirmjager Regiment. Sold Out!
Height: 2 inches
Release Date: February 2007
Historical Account: "Grabner's Attack" - The 1st and 3rd Parachute Battalions pushed towards the Arnhem bridge during the early hours of September 18th, 1944. They made good progress but were frequently halted in skirmishes as soon as it became daylight. With their long and unwieldy columns having to halt to beat off attacks whilst the troops in front carried on unaware, it was easy for the Germans to delay segments of the two battalions, fragment them, and mop up the remnants.
Early in the day, the 9th SS Reconnaissance Battalion, sent south the day before, concluded it was not needed in Nijmegen and returned to Arnhem.
Though aware of the British troops at the bridge, it attempted to cross by force and was beaten back with heavy losses, including its commanding officer, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Paul Grabner.
By the end of the day, the 1st and 3rd Parachute Battalions had entered Arnhem and were within a mile of the bridge with approximately 200 men, one-sixth their original strength. Most of the officers and noncomissioned officers had become casualties. The Second Lift, delayed by fog and jumping onto a heavily disputed landing zone, landed a full strength Brigade (The 4th Parachute Brigade, consisting of the 10th, 11th and 156th Battalions of the Parachute Regiment, commanded by then-Brigadier, later General Sir John Winthrop Hackett) and C and D Companies of the 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment.