- Starts: 22/09/2018 3:00 pm
- Ends: 22/09/2018 5:00 pm
Program commemoration Saturday 22 September 2018
Commemoration at the Poland square, Kerkstraat in Driel.
Subsequently you are invited on behalf of the municipality of Overbetuwe to have a consumption at the conference centre De Oldenburg.
Polish Service in the Roman Catholic Church, Kerkstraat 27 in Driel. Next to the pastor of the local community also Polish priests will celebrate the Mass.
The mixed choir Cantorije will perform several Polish hymns. The choir will be accompanied by musicians of Promyki Krakowa from Cracow.
During the commemoration week the Information Centre: The Poles of Driel is open daily for visitors from 09.00 to 17.00 hrs.
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.
The Bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem was the last bridge that needed to be captured during Operation Market Garden. If the Allies could capture this bridge the road to Germany would lay open. The task of capturing the Rhine Bridge fell to the British 1st Airborne Division.
The memorial to the soldiers of the 7th battalion of the Royal Hampshire Regiment’ in Driel (municipality of Overbetuwe), is a granite plaque framed with bricks displaying the 7th battalion of the Royal Hampshire Regiment’s emblem.