It starts off promisingly enough, even if Sobel is something of a caricature, but then it descends into yet another piece of false jingoism. To list all of the errors and omissions and rip-offs would take several A4 pages.
We see the US airborne being briefed on their support for Omah and Utah Beaches. No one says 'whats happening at Gold, Sword or Juno?. There was some flak during the 101st airborne drop on D-Day, but it was not that intensive yet we see flak going up as if it was a raid on Berlin. The main German resistance was at St Marie Eglise which was in fact captured by the US 82nd airborne. The 101st were scattered everywhere because the inexperienced US pilots panicked and dropped their cargo all over the place rendering them largely ineffective until they eventually managed to regroup in the vicinity of SME.
But for me the complete tosh surrounding Operation Market Garden as what killed this for me, especially as my father was part of British XXX Corp.He had previously been through North Africa and the Sword landings, and the Battle of Caen. The 101st landings at Eindhoven were very simple and they took the bridge with almost no opposition.Here is a quotation from Steven Badsey's excellent "Operation Market Garden".
In the south, the 101st met little resistance and captured four of five bridges assigned to them. After a brief delay caused by an 88 mm gun and a machine gun post, the bridge at Son was blown up as they approached it. Later that day several small attacks by the German 59th Infantry Division were beaten off. Small units of the 101st moved south of Son, towards Eindhoven. Later that day it contacted, and was given as attachment the 44th Royal Tank Regiment elements of which were advancing in the VIII Corps sector.
The 101st did not liberate Eindhoven and did not have any contact with British XXX Corp until General Taylor handed over control. British XXX Corp liberated Eindhoven. The 101st did not go anywhere near the town.
The real drama happened at Arnhem where by mischance the British paras jumped right into a major elite SS Panzer regiment who had been just sent there for R&R and were basically wiped out. Part of this elite group was sent to Nijmegan, target for the 82nd airborne who ran into very fierce resistance but held the German offensive until XXX Corp arrived and overran them. This was the real US involvmemt in OMG. Eindhoven was a small side-show.
There were small things that irritated me. We see a Dutchman and his son provide information in Eindhoven to the 101st. This is a direct rip off of part of the story in the 1977 movie 'A Bridge to Far'and is set in Arnhem. It may or not be true but either way it seems totally unnecessary to rip off something like this which patently did not happen.
Anyway, I have said my piece. I just don't see why the Americans can't just stick to the facts. The story would be just as noble and thought provoking without telling blatant mistruths.
5/10 for the grittiness, good action sequences. Pity about everything else.