Remembering WW2 Operation Market Garden

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Written by Jamie Stuart on 6th September 2010 at 12:34pm
Remembering WW2 Operation Market Garden

On the 17th - 25th September 1944 during WW2, Operation Market was a paratrooper assault launched to secure key bridges in the Netherlands and Germany. Still standing today as the largest airborne operation of all-time in aid of isolating Ruhr, Germany's industrial heart by cutting off access to bridges across two arms of the Rhine and bridges across the Maas. This tactic ensured a swift access point into North Germany for the allied troops.


 

On the 17th - 25th September 1944 during WW2, Operation Market was a paratrooper assault launched to secure key bridges in the Netherlands and Germany. Still standing today as the largest airborne operation of all-time in aid of isolating Ruhr, Germany's industrial heart by cutting off access to bridges across two arms of the Rhine and bridges across the Maas. This tactic ensured a swift access point into North Germany for the allied troops.
 
Paratropers landing during Operation Market Garden
 
Initial success was achieved from the operation with bridges between Eindhoven and Nijmegen being taken control of. When the bridge over the Wilhelmina Canal at Son got destroyed, it delayed the capture of the main road bridge over the Meuse until the 20th September.
 
The British 1st Airborne Division faced adversity, far stronger than they had planned for, when only a small contingent had to hold the Arnham road bridge until the 21st. The expected support ground units failed to add their help to the 1st Airborne Division. The remaining section of the division had to be evacuated on the 25th after getting trapped in a small pocket west of the bridge.
 
Failing to advance over the river Rhine in large numbers meant that the allies had to wait for the advances  at Remagen, Oppenheim, Rees and Wesel in March 1945. If Market Garden had been the hoped success it wasn't, it was expected the war would of finished in 1944. 
 
Paratroopers during Operation Market Garden
 
The event is always commemorated with the laying of wreaths at monuments key to the Market Garden operation and there is usually parachuting displays of paratroopers. Below is a list of proposed list of events that are subject to change at any time.
 
 
Sunday 12 September 2010
  • Battlefield Tour - OOSTERBEEK   
  • 25th Bridge to Bridge Run - ARNHEM MARKET SQUARE   
 
Wednesday 15 September 2010
  • Arrival Arnhem 1944 Veterans - Zalencentrum Lebret - OOSTERBEEK
Friday 17 September 2010
  • Wreath Laying - Airborne Monument Hartenstein- OOSTERBEEK
  • Coffee Concert - Airborne Museum - OOSTERBEEK    
  • Commemoration at Grave Bakhuis-Roozeboom by Dutch Commando Troop
  • OOSTERBEEK    
  • Wreath Laying - Airborne Monument – HEELSUM
  • Commemoration - Airborne Monument – ARNHEM
  • Get Together – ARNHEM
  • Airborne Tattoo on the market place - EDE   
Saturday 18 September 2010
  • Arnhem Memorial Day - Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum      
  • Para Dropping by Pathfindergroup Europe - Boltweg - DRIEL   
  • Commemoration at Polish Monument - Polenplein(Plac Polski) - DRIEL
  • 5th Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski Tour with as guest Mike Sosabowski - DRIEL   
  • Commemoration at the Engineers Monument - DRIEL
  • Para Dropping by Pathfindergroup Europe - Engineers Monument - DRIEL   
  • Polish Service in the Catholic Church - Kerkstraat - DRIEL   
  • Airborne Battle Wheels Race to the Bridge - Telefoonweg - RENKUM   
  • Para Dropping - Ginkel Heath - EDE
  • Wreath Laying - Ginkel Heath - EDE
  • Memorial Airshow - Ginkel Heath - EDE   
  • Torches Defile and old vehicles- Townhall Square - EINDHOVEN
  • Live Music on the Square at Cafe-Restaurant Schoonoord - OOSTERBEEK   
  • Tattoo at the townhall square - OOSTERBEEK   
 
Sunday 19 September 2010
  • Service in the Old Church - OOSTERBEEK 
  • Commemoration - Airborne Cemetery - OOSTERBEEK 
  • Airborne Battle Wheels Oosterbeek March to the Cemetery - OOSTERBEEK    
  • Wreath Laying - Air Despatch Monument - OOSTERBEEK 
  • Liberation Festival Remember September with Music - Liberation Museum - GROESBEEK  
Sunday 20 September 2010
  • Liberation Concert - Petrus Canisius Church - NIJMEGEN   
  • Saturday 23 October 2010
  • 27th Pegasus March - OTTERLO 

(We take no responsibility for any inconvenience that may occur due to changes to the events listed).

 

The main places the memorials are taking place are all easily accessible. If you wanted to get to Arnhem, it has a main railway station – Arnhem railway station, which is serviced by several intercity lines and the ICE toDüsseldorf and further on to Frankfurt. Oosterbeek has its own railway station too. Dreil is a small village close to Arnhem that can also be reached by pedestrians and cyclists on a solar powered ferry from Oosterbeek .  

 

Museums to visit while your there include:

 

Airborne Museum Hartenstein, Oosterbeek  - The museum contains Allied and German weapons, and is dedicated to British and Polish paratroopers. - www.airbornemuseum.org

 

Wings of Liberation Museum, Best, Einhoven - This museum contains audio-visuals and memorabilia documenting the breakout of the war. The museum park is situated where members of the 101st US Airborne Division landed as part of Operation Market Garden. - www.wingsofliberation.nl – Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00 (Winter months weekends only) Closed 25 & 31 December & Jan 1st.

 

National Liberation Museum 1944-45, Groesbeek – This Museum commemorates the liberation of Netherlands after the Armistice - ww.bevrjdingsmuseum.nl – Open Monday – Saturday 10.00-17.00; Sundays and holidays 12.00-17.00.

 

Arnhem War Museum 40-45, Ashaarsergen, Arnhem – A vast array of equipment, objects, vehicles and uniforms are on display in this museum – www.arnhemwarmuseum.tripod.com – Open Tuesdays – Sundays: 10.00-17.00. Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

   

 

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