Gearbox is a developer that prides itself on realism, and takes the task of recreating the events of Operation Market Garden very seriously - they even brought in veterans who were actually there to make sure the experience was as authentic as it could be. They’ve also done mountains of research on the operation. Ubisoft hooked us up with some reference photos from “Hell's Highway: The True Story of the 101st Airborne Division During Operation Market Garden, September 17-25, 1944,” the upcoming book by Gearbox’s in-house military advisor, Colonel John Antal. (Published by MBI Publishing Company, Sept. 2008).
Above: This is the path your squad will follow in the game, drawn over an actual map of the area
Above: This photo was taken as the 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment dropped onto the Drop Zone near Son, Netherlands on September 17, 1944 (US Army Photo)
Above: Landing by glider was one of the most dangerous ways for airborne soldiers to get to the battlefield. During the glider landings on September 17, 1944, two gliders crashed in mid-air over the Drop Zone at Son, Netherlands. The glider in this photo was one of the ones that collided in midair. It carried a jeep and three men from the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. Members of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment dug out the survivors from the wreckage (US Army photo)
Above: 101st Airborne paratroopers move past a burning truck in the town of Veghel on September 23, 1944. The Americans were desperate to reopen Hell’s Highway as the British Airborne at Arnhem suffered terribly under German counterattacks (US Army photo)
May 9, 2008