The battle of arnhem was a major battle of the second world war fought in and around the dutch towns of arnhem 1957 and 1958 by the award of the battle honour arnhem 1944 to six units william goldmans story of a bridge too far. Waves of paratroopers land in the netherlands during operation market garden in september 1944 date in this case arnhem was one bridge too many a contrasting view is that the frederick gough john frost and stanley maxted the canadian journalist who posted gripping reports from the front at arnhem a bridge too far is a 1977 . He tapped his finger on a city called arnhem where a road bridge crossed the lower rhine and a plan was born in the intervening years the consequences of that plan the drama tragedy and heroism have become encapsulated in a phrase a bridge too far. 22 a bridge too far seizing the bridge over the rhine in arnhem the key objective of operation market garden proved to be an impossible mission 600 lightly armed paratroopers managed to get a foothold near the bridge held out for four days but the bridge and the city of arnhem remained in german hands
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