- Polenplein, 6665 Driel, Pays-Bas
On September 24 1944, during the battle for Arnhem, the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade parachuted on to a landing zone by the village of Driel. The Brigade was commanded by Major-General S. Sosabowski.
The Poles were deployed to support Allied units which were in difficulties. Many troops were killed and wounded. The National Monument to the First Independent Polish Parachute Brigade was erected in memory of 94 Polish soldiers who were killed.
Text on monument:
‘SURGE POLONIA’ (‘Poland Arise’)
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.
Every 2nd Saturday in September, Luctor et Emergo organises the Polentocht in Driel, a tour that commemorates those who fought for freedom on the banks of the Rhine in September 1944 at the end of the Second World War.