- Starts: 20/09/2019 9:30 pm
- Ends: 20/09/2019 11:00 pm
The biggest experience in the Netherlands; a world of 360 degrees with music, visual effects, film and dance! We take you spectacularly into true personal stories at the time of the Battle of Arnhem.
Exciting, beautiful and moving stories that you could place in “the now”. Together with thousands of others at the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem you experience the impact of war and the value of freedom. Bridge to Liberation takes place this year for the fifth year. The show always contains the same kind of elements, but the content is always different. That makes it surprising every year. We tell stories; true personal stories. We search the details of the stories to the bottom and have everything checked historically. Only then, when everything is correct and a story fits the theme, we tell it in Bridge to Liberation Experience.
On the third Friday of September, the City of Arnhem remembers the Battle of Arnhem. During the official commemoration at the Airborneplein, we will be honouring and remembering all those who have fought for our freedom. The Bridge to Liberation Experience will enable visitors to together experience the impact of war on the basis of personal stories about courage, strength, hope and love. The stories from then enable us to realize the value of our freedom today, and together we can look to the future. The central in this edition is the multi perspective view on the Battle of Arnhem.
The Battle of Arnhem, the biggest airborne landing operation of the Second World War, took place in and around Arnhem in September 1944. It formed part of Operation Market Garden. The goal of the Operation was for Polish, British and American airborne forces to capture the important bridges across the Dutch rivers so that ground troops could advance via these bridges. But the Operation failed…
The Museum 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.
To ensure the success of Operation Market Garden, the Allied forces had to capture the bridge in Arnhem. But the light-armed airborne forces stood no chance against two SS Panzer Divisions that happened to be in the area. After desperate fighting and many casualties the Arnhem bridge proved to be ‘a bridge too far’.
Operation Market Garden managed to liberate a large part of the Netherlands, but failed in its main objective: outmaneuvering the Germans with a surprise crossing of the Rhine. The Nijmegen-Groesbeek area, conquered during Market Garden, remained in Allied hands and served as a springboard for the successful Rhineland Offensive in February 1945.
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’.