- Starts: 22/09/2018 10:00 am
- Ends: 22/09/2018 4:30 pm
The Ginkel Heath was one of the landingzones where the 1st British paratroopers landed. On this very spot there is a commemoration and event with multiple activities every third Saturday of september. Suitable for the young and old.
National Military Museum
Mini tanks drive 8+
3D pen drawing 8+
Photofun in army vehicle
Glitter tattoos and buttons
Conscription Cold War
Romeo Foxtrot DX
Junior Airborne reception
10.30 – 11.00 am The singing hairdressers
12.00 – 12.30 hrs Swing the mood
12.30 – 13.00 hours The Garbage Men
13.00 – 13.30 Swing the mood
13.30 – 14.00 hours The Garbage Men
2.00 – 2.30 pm Swing the mood
14.30 – 15.00 hours The Garbage Collectors
15.00 – 15.30 The singing hairdressers
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 Reichswald Forest War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in Germany. It holds the remains of 7.654 soldiers, mostly airmen from the Royal Air Force and paratroopers. The cemetery is situated in the Reichswald, an ancient forest on the Dutch-German border that was the scene of heavy fighting 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’.