- Utrechtseweg 232, 6862 AZ Oosterbeek, Pays-Bas
The Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ shows the course of events during the Battle of Arnhem. This took place in September 1944 in the area between Ede and Arnhem and formed part of the Operation Market Garden. British, American and Polish airborne troops were to take control of the river bridges from the Belgian border to Arnhem.
The museum is situated in the former ‘Hartenstein’ Hotel. During the Battle of Arnhem, this hotel served as the headquarters of the British First Airborne division, commanded by Major-General Roy Urquhart. The hotel was largely destroyed during the Second World War, but was later restored. The airborne Museum has occupied the building since 1980.
The Dutch province of Gelderland became the scene of heavy fighting during WWII with Operation Market Garden and Operation Veritable. In September 1944, the Allies attempted to capture bridges over several rivers to ensure a swift advance towards Germany, but
Every corner of the Netherlands hides treasures from the past. During WWII, after four years of occupation, the Allied troops entered the city of Maastricht in September 1944. After Operation Market Garden, the terrible Battle of the Scheldt followed. In
Hans Kuik was born on 19 November 1926. Together with his older brother, Bert, he witnessed the attack on and occupation of the Netherlands by German forces in May 1940. Both decided to join an underground resistance group called the ‘Rolls Royce Club’.
Operation Market Garden
Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. It aimed to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas (Meuse), Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands in order to outflank the heavy German defences of the Siegfried Line and to insure a swift advance towards Berlin.
Karl-Heinz Kracht was a 19 year old German corporal, who first saw action during the Battle of Arnhem. He was the loader of a Panzer III tank, which took part in the attacks on the British positions at the north end of the Rhine bridge at Arnhem.
Museum Wings of Liberation
In September 1944 the main operation for the Netherlans of World War II occurs, Operation Market Garden, which eventually led to the liberation. In the Museum, the occupation, the oppression and the final liberation are extensively exposed. Travel in time with authentic military equipment and beautiful dioramas. Also explore the vehicles, displays, a 3D movie, pictures and experience how it feels like to be a pilot during a flight simulation!