Operation Market Garden was a failed World War II military operation fought in the Netherlands from 17 to 25 September 1944.
The objective was to create a 64 mi (103 km) salient into German territory with a bridgehead over the River Rhine, creating an Allied invasion route into northern Germany. This was to be achieved by seizing a series of nine bridges by Airborne forces with land forces swiftly following over the bridges. The operation succeeded in liberating the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Nijmegen along with many towns, creating a 60 mi (97 km) salient into German-held territory limiting V-2 rocket launching sites.
It failed, however, to secure a bridgehead over the Rhine, with the advance being halted at the river.