Operation Market Garden was a bid to destroy Nazi Germany before Christmas, 1944. The plan was ambitious – it was the largest airborne invasion in the history of the world. They planned to capture a corridor through Holland to punch through the German lines. Paratroopers of the 101st Airborne and other divisions dropped from the sky in mid-September to seize and hold the corridor by surprise. The surprise attack was a bust. Hitler’s best units were in the area and immediately counter-attacked and crushed the corridor. To the allied paratroopers who fought there and lost brothers in arms, the corridor became known as Hell’s Highway.
It was the last major German victory. It was hell for Sgt. Baker and his squad.