Battlefront.com has announced that Market Garden, a new Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy module, is now available for pre-order for both PC and Mac OS X, for $35, plus S&H (a $10 savings vs. a regular Download&Mail order after the release). The module is expected to ship in 4-6 weeks, a short time after the upcoming anniversary of the real "Operation Market Garden".
Market Garden depicts allied Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery's September 1944 dash across Holland in a daring gambit to leap the Rhine river and enter the heartland of Germany itself. Fielding U.S., British and Polish forces, Operation Market Garden was meant to be the lightning stroke which would end the war that year. It included the largest airborne operation seen to that day or since. Market Garden ended in tragedy, though, when the allies failed capture their final objective, the Rhine river bridge at Arnhem. It was, in the famous words of Lt. General Fredrick "Boy" Browning, a bridge too far.
Market Garden allows the player to recreate Monty's desperate struggles to reach and cross the Rhine in Holland. It offers detailed, historical, to-scale models of the bridges involved in the Market Garden battles. It also includes new urban buildings, modeled after buildings near the Arnhem and Nijmegen bridges, new map tools, additional scenarios, 7 master maps, two campaigns, plus new units and equipment.