- Starts: 23/09/2018 11:00 am
- Ends: 23/09/2018 1:00 pm
The official Commemoration and service on the Airborne Cemetery is the highlight of the Airborne Commemorations. The service starts at 11.00 am with the entry of the banners.
At the end, school children put flowers at all graves.
attention: You are requested to be present on time. Around the Airborne Cemetery you can follow the Memorial well. Once the service has ended, there is a fly-suit (in good weather).
This British war cemetery contains the graves of 1,754 Allied troops. Most of the soldiers who were killed during Operation Market Garden lie buried here.
The Airborne Memorial in Oosterbeek (municipality of Renkum) is a stone pillar crowned with five carved figures. The figures on the outside are men and soldiers, with one man at the top representing freedom.
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.
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.
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’.
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.