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WWII A Bridge Too Far Set #1 - The British Attack
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The British Attack - World War II Operation Market-Garden "A Bridge To Far" Tri-Series Playset #1

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.

Now you can re-fight Operation Market Garden, and, with luck, succeed where the allies failed. This first playset recreates the initial attack by British 30th Corps to pierce the German defenses, while American Paratroops land behind the lines to seize the first bridge. Having failed in that task the Yanks have now installed a portable "Bailey Bridge" to allow the British to continue their rush towards Arnhem.

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.

The Allies:
30 Matchbox British Infantrymen
24 Airfix U.S. Paratroops
2 Marx recast U.S. Paratroops with 2 Parachutes
1 CTS British Churchill Tank
1 CTS American Sherman Tank
2 BMC U.S. "Deuce and a Half" Cargo Trucks
1 BMC Willys Jeep
1 BMC 25-Pounder Field Gun
1 Fencibles British 25-Pounder Field Guns
1 New Ray U.S. Halftrack
1 New Ray British Spitfire Fighter Plane

The Germans:
30 Matchbox German Infantry
1 BMC German Mortar Team
2 Marx recast German 88mm Guns

1 Fencibles Portable Bailey Bridge
2 Fencibles Sandbag Redoubts
16 Fencibles Sandbag Redoubts
8 Fencibles Trees
4 Marx Tree Lines
10 Marx Dead Trees, Rocks and Stumps
4 M.P.C. Rocky Boulders

Reusable playset box
Listed contents vary from photo. You will receive the items listed above.
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