Many of us who are now in the fifties or older would have seen the 1977 Richard Attenborough's epic war movie 'A Bridge Too Far'.It depicted one of the biggest military gamble in World War II that ended in catastrophic failure.
Flush with success after the Normandy landing,the Allied forces under Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower chose British Montgomery's military plan over American Patton's plan to end World War II as quickly as possible.
'Operation Market Garden' was launched to invade Germany by flying 35,000 paratroopers from air bases in England and dropping them as much as 60 miles behind enemy lines in the Netherlands.The objective was to break through German lines to capture several bridges with main objective the bridge at Arnhem over the Lower Rhine River in occupied Netherlands.
A combination of battlefield politics,arrogance,faulty intelligence, bad luck and atrocious weather led to disaster.
'Operation Market Garden' was a total failure.
Was Permatang Pauh a 'Normandy' landing and Putrajaya so near yet 'A Bridge Too Far' for Anwar Ibrahim ?