During Operation Market garden, on D+3, the 508th parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne division captured the railroad and highway bridges across the Waal River at Nijmegen, Holland. The British armor of XXX Corps had promised an attack towards Arnhem, to relieve the British 1st Airborne Division and finalize Operation Market Garden. This did not happen; the British units stopped at the Bridge, exhausted, and did not continue to the besieged paratroopers. Had they continued, could the battle have been changed? Was the situation already hopeless for the British 1st Airborne Division? Could the German encirclement be broken around Arnhem?