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        Operation Market Garden | Ken Burns: The War

        View images taken during Operation Market Garden in World War II. In September 1944, after the Allies achieved success at Normandy and the liberation of Paris, British Field Marshal Montgomery conceived an attack in the Netherlands to weaken the German army and open a path to Germany to cripple the Nazi forces and end the war. The operation was called Market Garden. Market referred to the airborne forces (a combined Allied effort), and Garden referred to the ground forces (British). It was the largest airborne and glider operation in history. But German resistance proved too strong, and Operation Market Garden failed.

        Seeking Snipers | Ken Burns: The War

        In Holland, American paratroopers turned infantrymen advance during Operation Market Garden. September 25, 1944. Credit: The National Archives.

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        Market Garden: Gearing Up | Ken Burns: The War

        Brigadier General James Gavin, 82nd Airborne, prepares his pack outside of a plane, for Operation Market Garden, the invasion of the Netherlands. September 17, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-232810).

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        Market Garden: Loading Up | Ken Burns: The War

        Members of the 101st Airborne Division head for the loading area, one day after Operation Market Garden began. September 18, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-377589).

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        Jumpmaster Inspection | Ken Burns: The War

        Jumpmaster inspects paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne preparing for Operation Market Garden, the invasion of the Netherlands. September 17, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-254001).

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