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This page about THE BATTLE OF ARNHEM is being updated - please bear with us


 


THE BATTLE OF ARNHEM SEPTEMBER 1944 - SUMMARY

 

The battle of Arnhem began on Sunday 17 September 1944 as part of an operation code-named MARKET GARDEN.

Market Garden was an audacious attempt by Field Marshal Montgomery to end the war in 1944 and it involved using airborne forces to capture bridges across major rivers in Holland so that armoured columns on the ground could race over those bridges as if climbing the steps of a ladder, and drive into Germany.

The airborne forces involved were British and American, with the British 1st Airborne Division tasked to take the top step of the ladder, the northern-most bridge over the River Rhine at Arnhem, close by the Dutch/German border. Two American divisions, the 82nd and 101st Airborne, were given the bridges at Grave and at Nijmegen for the former, and at Son and Veghel for the latter.

The ground forces, whose job it was to race forward, effectively along a single road, and over the captured bridges were the British XXX Corps led by the Guards Armoured Division.

The operation failed and in our book we discuss the many reasons put forward for that failure as well as following the story in pictures and words from bridge to bridge, giving tour directions and informed comment on actions and people.

Our Market Garden guide book is the most comprehensive guide to the whole area that has ever been written and comes with 6 in-text sketch maps and a wrapped fold-out map showing the single road 'Corridor' that the ground forces planned to take, as well as the drop zones used by the airborne forces and their routes forward to their targets.

If you are going to Holland do not go without this book. You can learn a little more about it by clicking HERE.