Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program is part of a series from the History Channel that examines some of the mistakes, miscommunications, miscalculations, and mishaps, that shaped -- and sometimes altered -- the course of World War II. Both sides had their share of wrong moves, but in the end, the Allies parlayed their right moves into a victory which defeated the Axis powers and restored peace to the world. This episode examines the grandiose and ultimately disastrous scheme of Montgomery to lead Allied forces around the northwestern corner of Germany to attack the nation. The more direct course would have saved lives and shortened the war. Montgomery's circuitous route was indeed a bride too far. Archival film clips, photographs, personal accounts, and scholarly commentary tell the story.
military-blunder, world-war, battle [war], incompetence