Friday 15 Nov 2019

Lecture To Highlight “A Bridge Too Far” Operation

The next 75th anniversary of World War II lecture will be “A Bridge Too Far: Operation Market Garden” on Monday, October 21, at 7:00 PM in Walnut 101 at Wayne Community College.

In September 1944 the Allied armies were advancing from Normandy and driving the disorganized and battered German army before them.  The hope was that the war would be over by Christmas.  British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery proposed a bold plan to capture a series of bridges by airborne assault to advance the Allies across the Rhine and into Germany.  Operation Market Garden became the largest airborne assault in history.  What transpired was, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  What might have been a war ending campaign was beset by intelligence errors, unexpected weather and a resurgent German Army. The book and film, A Bridge Too Far tells the dramatic story of Market Garden. This is an interesting campaign highlighted by the courage and the life and death struggle of friend and foe.

Lt. Colonel Christopher Kurinec is the Director of Staff for the 4th Fighter Wing.  Prior to joining the Air Force Lt. Colonel Kurinec was a U.S. Army paratrooper.  With his experience and his extraordinary knowledge Lt. Colonel Kurinec has agreed to take part in the lecture with 4th Fighter Wing Historian Dr. Roy W. Heidicker.

This lecture is presented by the Foundation of Wayne Community College and will be in Walnut 101, Wayne Community College, on Monday, October 21, at 7:00 PM.  It is free and open to the public.

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