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ASTRIDE HELL'S HIGHWAY
KOEVERING, HOLLAND, 25 September 1944: Operation Market-Garden's timetable was horribly off. British 1st Airborne Division was taking a beating from the German forces arrayed against it at Arnhem while a combined American/British force tried to claw its way forward on a single axis of advance up Hell's Highway. Feldmarschall Model recognised that disrupting the supply train was the easiest way to defeat the offensive, so he assigned various units the task of assaulting the road's defending forces. The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was stretched thin in its sector and unable to defend everywhere. Thus it was that Model committed Colonel von der Heydte's Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 at Veghel, where they were fought to a standstill by the paratroopers. However, this action allowed Kampfgruppe Jungwirth - a mixture of fallschirmjägers, stragglers and baggage tail soldiers - to make a thorough reconnaissance down the highway. As they approached the hamlet of Koevering, Jungwirth's men eyed eagerly a long line of British supply vehicles sitting astride Hell's Highway in apparent safety, waiting for von der Heydte's troops to be defeated so they could bring up the needed supplies.
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