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WWII A Bridge Too Far Set #2 - Waal River Crossing
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WWII A Bridge Too Far Set #2 - Waal River Crossing (160 pieces - with free domestic shipping) Playsets by TSC | TSCPCS03-119b $522.48$229.00

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Unpainted Plastic 54mm (1/32nd - about 2 1/4 inches high)

Waal River Crossing - World War II Operation Market-Garden "A Bridge To Far" Tri-Series Playset #2

This second playset recreates the daring water attack across the Waal River by American Paratroops of the 82nd Division to seize the Nijmegan bridge. The structure was so heavily defended by the Germans that the only way to take the bridge was to attack it from both ends. So the American Paratroops crossed the river under heavy fire, supported by British tanks and artillery. Once across, the U.S. Paras did seize the bridge, allowing British infantry of 30th Corps to cross over and continue their dash towards Anrhem.

Few of history's military offensives have been as daring as WWII's "Operation Market Garden." This plan, put into action in September, 1944, was a combined Allied air and ground operation designed to force a path through Germany's weakened defenses in The Netherlands, moving  a massive Allied force across the Rhine and into Germany, ending the war by Christmas.

The plan was for over 30,000 American and British airborne troops to land behind German lines in order to seize a series of bridges which stretched across Holland. This "airborne carpet" could then be utilized by the British 30th Armored Corps, to dash forward, destroying any light German opposition which might oppose them. But too much was left to chance.

The Allies were unprepared to fight a determined enemy. When the paratroops landed behind enemy lines they found they could not seize the bridges according to schedule, which caused massive delays. Precious hours were spent rebuilding bridges or installing  portable ones brought up in trucks. In one instance a group of American paratroops had to cross a river in flimsy boats under direct enemy fire in order to seize a bridge from both ends. And the ultimate goal, of a toehold in Germany, was denied the British Airborne division because of faulty planning, the loss of many units due to a variety of reasons and mostly because British intelligence had failed to learn that two German tank divisions had recently moved into the area into which the lightly-armed "Red Devils" were dropping.

This is one of three different, but inter-connected, Toy Soldier Company 'A Bridge Too Far' playsets. Each set can stand on its own, but when combined with the other two sets from the same range the resulting collection creates a broad canvas upon which you and your kids can rewrite history! Please note that the contents of each set are almost entirely different from the others in the range. When combining all three sets you will save a further 10% off the cost of the trio.

Contents (unpainted 54mm scale figures and accessories):

The Allies:
15 Matchbox British Infantrymen
24 Airfix cloned U.S. Paratroops
4 Marx recast U.S. Inflatable Boats with 8 Crewmen to paddle them
1 CTS British Churchill Tank
1 CTS American Sherman Tank
1 Timmee Willys Jeep
1 Timmee 25-Pounder Field Gun
1 New Ray U.S. Lee Tank kit

The Germans:
14 Airfix cloned German Infantry
10 Airfix cloned Elite German Paratroops
1 BMC German Mortar Position

1 Airfix Checkpoint Bridge
16 Fencibles Sandbag Redoubts
4 CTS Trees
1 CTS German Flag with Timpo flagpole and base
10 Marx Dead Trees, Rocks and Stumps
4 M.P.C. Large Boulders

Reusable playset box
Contents vary from photo - you will receive the set described above.
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