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Dave Sherry

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  1. I am sure that Dejan Milivojevic knows his movies well but it is quite a leap to jump from a critique of a Hollywood movie to a critique of the premier British commander during WW2's African, Sicilian, Italian and European theatres. Yes, there were glaring errors in the movie that Dejan has completely missed - Gavin's and his 82nd Airborne Division's failure to capture the Nijmegen Bridge over the Waal River on the first day, instead choosing to "sit on their hands" on the heights above were the single biggest reason why the failure of the third phase of Market and Garden, the taking of Arnhem bridge, occurred. It has become common practice by Americans and Americaophiles to place the blame on Montgomery for everything that failed in the European theatre. Seems Dejan feels that Montie is "guilty" of Gavin's failure - I'm not sure why he would think that when a careful review of the plan and actual events points to the real culprit. Maybe DSevn is a better movie critic that he is a historian? Whether yes or no, he should refrain from mixing the two. History buffs are now striking back and while Market and Garden were not a total failure - two of the three bridges being captured and valuable real estate gained, the failure of the third phase is clearly and unequivocably Gavin's and his plan. This is but one site that outlines how Gavin's failure cost the whole operation - not radios, or SS regiments being where they weren't supposed to be - had Gavin followed the timetable, these issues would have amounted to nought. https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=139717&sid=b2c5a9c1aa87a46da588c93dd82a2a8d If Dejan is to have any credibility at all, he perhaps would stick to either one of a critique of the movie (American funded, made and influenced) OR a critique of the operations Market and Garden, not both. The former rarely is accurate - and I contest his view that "Overall, A Bridge Too Far doesn’t have as many mistakes" - it is full of innuendo, hints allegations and portrayals of British incompetence by American Screenwriters, directors and actors. But the biggest mistake of all is missing out the most damning failure of all and that is an accurate portrayal of Gavin and his role in the failure to take his bridge. I think wargamers who played out Montie's plan in full would have find that although the time frame was tight that it was a doable plan and would have worked but for the disobedience of one man. That man is Gavin. I think the link provided above far more accurately portrays the real failure.
  2. The German U-Boat. The Deadliest Hunter Of The Sea -The Destroyer of Souls - Jay Hemmings for example, I started reading it and was stopped in my tracks by the assertion "and they were the first nation to use subs during that particular war". Rubbish. Britain was equipped with operational Submarines at the start of the war. Then I got to "In 1939, when the Second World War broke out, Germany had only managed to construct 57 U-boats, but these new U-boats were far sturdier and more technologically advanced than their WWI predecessors, featuring heat-seeking torpedoes, large gun decks, and spiderweb mines". I stopped reading at that point. There is just no room for these sorts of errors in a historical narrative and I'm afraid errors and ommissions of this magnitude make a nonsense of the whole article. To be fair to Mr. Hemmings, he is not the only one authoring articles with significant errors of fact in them and it detracts from the whole site when they are allowed to get past publishers.
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