Operation Market Garden: A Reassessment

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A presentation by Professor Gary Sheffield, Chair of War Studies, University of Wolverhampton and Howard Rosen, Managing Director, PP Property and Private Historian.

Operation Market Garden, launched by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery's 21st Army Group in September 1944, remains one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War. Historians continue to debate:Operation Market Garden

  • whether the large-scale use of airborne forces to seize key river crossings with a link up force on the ground was too risky
  • the impact of personalities and command and control structures
  • the role of the air forces in the planning of the operation
  • the use and abuse of intelligence
  • the place of institutional politics in the planning
  • the role of friction in the execution of the plan and many other issues.

Did the plan have a realistic chance of succeeding, or was it overambitious? In this presentation, Professor Gary Sheffield and Howard Rosen will reconsider the Market Garden debate in the light of recent scholarship and place it into the wider context of Allied strategy and operations in 1944-45.

Professor Gary Sheffield MA PhD FRHistS FRSA holds the Chair of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published widely on military history and is currently working on a major study of the experience of the British and Commonwealth soldier in the Second World War. He is on the advisory board of the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute and is Regimental Historian of The Rifles. His most recent book, The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army, was published by Aurum Press in September 2011.

Howard Rosen has managed, owned and grown a property and investment company for the last thirty years. His passion for military history rose from a very early age. Howard has a particular interest in the German army in both World Wars. His most recent research relates to Operation Market Garden and whether it could have succeeded.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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