Operation Market Garden 1944. The Allies were unaware of the location near Arnhem of the refitting 9th and 10th SS-Panzer divisions. Although at only 20-25 percent strength(5,500-,6000 men), and very short of equipment, the presence of these experienced soldiers was a nasty surprise for the British 1st Airborne Division and contributed heavily to their ultimate demise and the failure of the Market Garden Operation.
With his comrades in Easy Company, Frank Perconte made a harrowing jump into Normandy before U.S. forces landed on the beaches on D-Day ’44 He also saw action in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden and was wounded by a German sniper in the town of Foy during the Battle of the Bulge on January 13 1945. After a few days, he rejoined Easy Company in the town of Haguenau for the occupation of Germany.