- Starts: 21/09/2019 3:00 pm
- Ends: 21/09/2019 4:30 pm
The Polish contribution to the Battle of Arnhem is annually commemorated in Driel. The commemoration is attended by Polish veterans and international officials, who lay wreaths to pay respect to the fallen.
On 21 September 1944, during Operation Market Garden, about 1,000 Polish paratroopers of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade led by Major General SF Sosabowski were dropped in Driel.
The Poles had to cross with the Driel ferry the Lower Rhine to strengthen the British airborne troops who were surrounded almost entirely in Oosterbeek. The Driel ferry was gone and only a small part during two night crossing attempts under enemy fire knew to reach across the river.
Eventually, by the arrival of the Polish paratroopers at Driel, the remnants of the 1st British Airborne Division in Oosterbeek could be evacuated.
The Information Centre: The Poles of Driel provide insights into the battle fought by the Ist Polish Independent Parachute Brigade in the village of Driel during Operation Market Garden.