Later on the 17th, Guards Armoured Division (GAD) HQ would order the two Vandeleurs to halt. It was not an Irish Guards decision to halt.

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The problems lay mainly with the late H Hour for Garden, that was set as a result of air requirements, not ground. However, by late on 17th September 1944 XXX Corps were still confident. They had punched right through the crust of the defences as planned.

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If SHAEF was correct in its intelligence assessments and planning, there should be little more major resistance on the road to Arnhem...............

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