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Operation Market Garden "Arnhem".
Operation Market Garden began on September 17, 1944. The Allies wanted to bypass the German defense line through airborne landings and a ground offensive. Gelderland played a leading role in this decisive operation. By crossing the Maas, Waal and Rhine, troops could enter Germany via the Achterhoek.
The operation lasted from September 17 to 26, 1944. Although all bridges were captured, the bridge near Arnhem could not be held. As a result, the plan failed. The main cause of the failure was that two experienced SS divisions with heavy equipment were stationed near Arnhem, which the paratroopers could not compete with. Moreover, it took too long for the tanks from the south to arrive at the Rhine.
10. SS-Panzer-Division "Frundsberg"
During the Battle of Arnhem, the Rhine Bridge proved to be “a bridge too far”. It became a catastrophe that played a key role in the further course of the war.
In this tour we follow the footsteps of the 1st Airborne Division & 1st Polish Para Brigade in their battle to capture the bridges over the Rhine near Arnhem during Operation Market Garden.
Drop and landing zones at Renkum (LZ.S and DZ.
Reconnaissance Squadron ambush area
Ginkelse Heide where the 4th Parachute Brigade landed
The battle for the road bridge in Arnhem (Frost Bridge)
Division battles for the bridge (Under, Over)
Oosterbeek perimeter at Hartenstein HQ
Oosterbeek Military war cemetery
This tour can possibly be expanded with a visit to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein.
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