In reading various accounts of Market Garden and the Battle for the Schelte, I've noted some interesting observations from Sir Brian Horrocks. Antwerp was captured on 4 September 1944, and Horrocks wrote that there was almost no organized opposition between 30 Corps and the Rhine. Further, that had he known Antwerp was useless without control of the approaches, he could have sent 11 Armored Division 15 miles northwest and cut off the Beveland Isthmus, thus cutting off the retreating Germans of 15th Army. He further claims that no one from higher headquarters bothered to inform him of the importance of the Antwerp approaches, so also none bothered to inform him of the retreating Germans, who were in the Canadian sector and therefore not his responsibility. Did he not have a map in his HQ? Intelligence assessments? Horrocks is also critical of the Market Garden operation and makes several assertions on the failure of not only that operation but it's effect on the entire campaign: "Though we did not know it, 4 September, the day Antwerp fell, was the apogee of "Overlord" and at the same time it was, as will be seen, the day we lost the Battle of Arnhem. He calls it the "turning point in the whole campaign". Horrocks thought that if the transport planes which sat on the ground for nearly two weeks, while getting ready for Market-Garden, had been used to supply Montgomery and Patton then the momentum of the Allied advance could have continued, and the war could have been over in 1944. "The fortnight's delay before the complicated Arnhem operation could be launched proved fatal, for the enemy was growing stronger every day." Market-Garden had a significant strategic effect on the war. Not because it was a failure, but because it was launched in the first place. The resources it needed, and the planning and anticipation for it, prevented proper attention to the ground war as it was in the two weeks before MG was launched. It was a strategic distraction, and a strategic failure of the first rank. So, the question for you Arnhem experts, was Market Garden a worthwhile risk or do you agree with Horrocks?