The 17 September 1944 Market Garden Operation known to many British people as the Battle of Arnhem, was mostly fought around the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek where the Hartenstein Museum records the story of the battle and where many of the airborne soldiers lie in a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.


The soldiers of the British 1st Airborne Division were scheduled to take the bridge at Arnhem, but were dropped/landed up to 8 miles away from their target, thus allowing the Germans time to react. The commander of the 1st Airborne Division, General Urquhart established his HQ in the Hartenstein and it became the focus of British resistance in an area that was known as the Cauldron.


Eventually the airborne were evacuated across the River Rhine just below Oosterbeek in an operation that owed much to the evacuation from Gallipoli in December 1915.


In our guide book, Major & Mrs Holts' Battlefield Guide Operation Market-Garden/Arnhem, we cover not just the Arnhem operation but all of the Market Garden area. including the American landings and actions, the only guide book that does and it comes with a map showing the drop zones, memorials etc