DingBat, on May 23 2012 - 14:09, said:
This is another campaign that has been done dreadful damage by the movie.
Here are some realities about Market-Garden
5. The movie claim that the British didn't know where Bittrichs 2 SS Pz Korp was is bullshit. The British knew very well as XXX Corps had been pursuing them since the breakout
Allied inteligence, tracked II SS Pz.Korps from France to the Eindhoven - Arnhem area. On Sept 4th they lost track of II SS Pz.Korps. Intel then identified 1st Fallschrim Army, HQ near Hertogenbosch, & Army Group B near Arnhem. SHAEF believed II SS.Pz.Korps had moved to the vicinity of Kleve, east of Nijmegen, instead of moveing north. So no they did not know where II.SS.Pz.Korps was. Its interseting that when the 9th SS.Kg Walther made contact, they identified the OPFOR as 'Canadian troops'. While the 10th SS.Kg.Frundsmberg made contact & reported OPFOR armor as 'American' instead of an Guards Armoured Division.
6. Despite the name, the 2 SS Pz Korp was a joke. 1 division was little more than a headquarters cadre. The other could field one battalion sized battle group. Of the German tanks destroyed by 1AB in Arnhem, none were from 2 SS Pz Korp.
As of 12.09.44 II SS.Pz.Korps reportedly had 12 operational tanks. 9th SS.Pz.Div formed SS- Kampfgruppe Hohenstauffen under SS Obersturmbahnfuhrer Walther Harzer. It consisted of 1 Co of PzKpfw IV, & 1 Co of PzKpfw V, 2 batty of Jadgpanzer IV, a recce Co, an understrength PzGr Regt, & & Arty Bn, with 12 tubes. Add in Harmels 10th SS-Kampfgruppen with a small number of PzKpfw IV, & JagdPz, Reece Bn, PzGr Regt, & 2 Arty Bns you get around 3000 effectives, with an overabundance of heavy weapons & LMGs. A lil more then say, an HQ cadre, and alot more then a joke, especialy since these men, were elite as well, & used to fighting understrength, in adverse conditions.
Regards, John Waters
Edited by PzKpfw_1, Oct 05 2012 - 12:07.