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Operation Market Garden, the initial assault to spearhead the liberation of Holland and the push into Germany, was launched on September 17, 1944.  With over 14,000 Allied paratroopers, it would go down in history as the largest scale combat jump ever.


Market Garden Route Map
The 508th would have followed the Northern Route making its first turn at Checkpoint March, then Antigua as it went feet wet from England, going feet dry at Bermuda on the Dutch coast aiming for Columbia where a slight turn took them to IP (Initial Point) Ellis Center. The final turn aimed them at DZ-T near Groesbeek.
Ready and Raring To Go
Benjamin Nienart (l) and James Rizzuto (r) flank an unidentified 508er.  Photo was taken in Wollaton Park on September 17, 1944 as the 508th prepared for the Market Garden Jump
   Both Nienart and Rizzuto survived the war.


Ready But Maybe Not Raring To Go
Conrad Wolfe, Co D, seems to be somewhat wistful as he awaits the call to mount up just before the Market-Garden mission.  The man napping to his right is unidentified.

(courtesy of Frank Staples, also of Co D)

MSgt Oliver W. Griffin
Company H preps for the Holland jump
(courtesy William Nation collection)


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