Operation Market Garden order of battle

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This is the complete order of battle of Allied and German forces involved during Operation Market Garden.

Allied forces[edit]

US General Dwight D. Eisenhower was Supreme Commander of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF) and in that capacity was ultimately responsible for the planning and execution of the whole operation. British Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder was his deputy, while Major General Walter Bedell Smith was chief of staff.

21st army group badge large.gif 21st Army Group[edit]

Under Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery

Allied Arborne Army.jpg First Allied Airborne Army[edit]

Commanded by Lieutenant General Lewis H. Brereton, USAAF

British I Airborne Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Frederick Browning; also deputy commander of the 1st Airborne Army




British Second Army[edit]

Commanded by Lieutenant-General Miles Dempsey

VIII Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Richard O'Connor

XII Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie

XXX Corps 1944-1945 shoulder flash.jpg XXX Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Brian Horrocks

  • 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment
  • British Guards Division Insignia.pngGuards Armoured Division - Major-General A. H. S. Adair
    • 2nd Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion Welsh Guards[1]
    • 5th Guards Armoured Brigade
    • 32nd Guards Brigade
      • 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards
      • 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
      • 3rd Battalion Irish Guards
    • 1st Independent Machine Gun Company (Northumberland Fusiliers)
    • 55th Field Regiment Royal Artillery[3]
    • 153rd Field Regiment Royal Artillery[4]
    • 21st Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery[5]
    • 94th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 14th Field Squadron Royal Engineers
    • 615th Field Squadron Royal Engineers
    • 148th Field Park Squadron Royal Engineers
    • 11th Bridging Troop Royal Engineers
    • Guards Armoured Division Postal Unit Royal Engineers
    • 310th Armoured Brigade Company Royal Army Service Corps
    • 224th Infantry Brigade Company Royal Army Service Corps
    • 535th Infantry Brigade Company Royal Army Service Corps
    • 5th Guards Armoured Brigade Workshop Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    • 32nd Guards Brigade Workshop Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    • 19th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps
    • 128th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps
    • 8th Guards Field Dressing Station Royal Army Medical Corps
    • 60th Field Hygiene Section Royal Army Medical Corps
  • 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division - Major-General Ivor Thomas
    • 129th Infantry Brigade
    • 130th Infantry Brigade
      • 4th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment
      • 5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment
      • 7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment
    • 214th Infantry Brigade
    • 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (Machine Guns)
    • 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment Reconnaissance Corps
    • 94th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 112th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 179th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 59th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 110th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 13th Bridging Platoon Royal Engineers
    • 204th Field Company Royal Engineers
    • 207th Field Park Company Royal Engineers
    • 260th Field Company Royal Engineers
    • 553rd Field Company Royal Engineers
    • 16th Airfield Construction Group Royal Engineers
    • 43rd (Wessex) Division Postal Unit Royal Engineers
    • 54th Company Royal Army Service Corps
    • 504th Company Royal Army Service Corps
    • 505th Company Royal Army Service Corps
    • 506th Divisional Company Royal Army Service Corps
  • 50thDivInsigniaFinal.jpg 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division - Major-General D. A. H. Graham; On September 18, the division was transferred to VIII Corps
    • 2nd Battalion The Cheshire Regiment (Machine Gun)
    • 69th Infantry Brigade
      • 5th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment
      • 6th Battalion Green Howards
      • 7th Battalion Green Howards
    • 151st Infantry Brigade
      • 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
      • 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
      • 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
    • 231st Infantry Brigade
      • 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment
      • 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment
      • 7th Battalion Devonshire Regiment
    • 2nd Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment (Machine Guns)
    • 74th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 90th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 124th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    • 102nd Anti-Tank Regiment (The Northumberland Hussars), Royal Artillery
    • 25th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
    • 233rd Field Company Royal Engineers
    • 501st Field Company Royal Engineers
    • 505th Field Company Royal Engineers
    • 235th Field Park Company Royal Engineers
    • 50th (Northumbrian) Division Postal Unit Royal Engineers

Air forces[edit]

Royal Air Force[edit]

Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Second Tactical Air Force - Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham

Fighter Command - Air Marshal Roderick Hill

Bomber Command - Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris

RAF Coastal Command - Air Chief Marshal Sholto Douglas

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces[edit]

Eighth Air Force - Emblem.png U.S. Eighth Air Force - Lieutenant General James H. Doolittle

Ninth Air Force - Emblem (Cold War).png U.S. Ninth Air Force - Lieutenant General Hoyt S. Vandenberg

German forces[edit]

The majority of German units stationed west of the Rhine were under the responsibility of Oberbefehlshaber West (OB West), commanded at the time by Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt.

Due to a lack of replacements (both in terms of personnel and materiel) German units were generally severely understrength at this point in the war, with many units at about 50% of establishment strength.

German Armed Forces Group (AFC) Netherlands[edit]

Commanded by General der Flieger Friedrich Christiansen

Army Group B[edit]

Commanded by Generalfeldmarschall Walther Model

II SS Panzer Corps[edit]

SS-Obergruppenführer Wilhelm Bittrich

Fifteenth Army[edit]

General der Infanterie Gustav-Adolf von Zangen

LXVIII Corps[edit]

General der Infanterie Otto Sponheimer

LXXXVIII Corps[edit]

General der Infanterie Hans-Wolfgang Reinhard

LXXXVI Corps[edit]

General der Infanterie Hans von Obstfelder

XII SS Corps[edit]

SS-Obergruppenführer Kurt von Gottberg

Wehrkreis VI[edit]

Corps "Feldt" - General der Kavalerie Kurt Feldt

Luftwaffe West[edit]

Colonel General Kurt Student

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ three Cromwell tanks and one Challenger tank per troop
  2. ^ three companies of infantry mounted on ,-3 half-tracks except for the scout platoon which used 13 Universal carriers
  3. ^ 24 towed 25-pdr Gun-howitzers
  4. ^ 24 Priest and/or Sexton self-propelled guns
  5. ^ two batteries of 17-pdr guns and two batteries of M10 tank destroyers

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