Red Devil's Secure Arnhem - Lose Main Bridge
Our first prolonged session of To the Devil's Cauldron, covering to the early evening of September 17th, has seen seem major developments.
The entire British 1st Parachute Brigade seized the center of Arnhem. Facing the loss of the Rhine Bridge to a British force in strength, the Germans blew the bridge despite the potentially dire implications for the German forces still defending Nijmegen. On the positive side for the Red Devil's the parked pontoon bridge downstream from Rhine Bridge was captured with intact pontoons. The fate of the railroad bridge further downstream has not yet been decided. So the British have a potential bridge over the Rhine.
However German reinforcements are just now arriving and the British perimeter is not yet consolidated. KG Von Tettau is arriving from the west.
Further south the 82nd Airborne has temporarily stalled on its move out of the Groesbeek Heights but has secured a bridge on the Maas-Waal Canal. The important bridge at Grave remains in German hands.
In the 101st Airborne drop zone complications arise as the German 59th Division arrives in strength.