- Starts: 15/09/2019 2:00 pm
- Ends: 15/09/2019 3:00 pm
In Arnhem, the battle for the bridges, British historian and master storyteller with a special interest in military and political decision making, Antony Beevor provides an extensive image of the Battle of Arnhem. He describes the unfortunate fates of soldiers and civilians and he gets rid of the myths surrounding the Battle of Arnhem using new archive material. Arnhem, the battle for the bridges appeared in 2018 and because of the successful lecture he gave in that year, Beevor will once again tell about his book on 15 September.
British military historian Antony Beevor studied at the Winchester College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was taught by Sir John Keegan. Beevor wrote many other books, including the international bestsellers Stalingrad and Berlin: The Downfall 1945. Millions of his books were sold all over the world. He was awarded for his books several times, receiving the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Wolfson Prize for History.
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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 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 Airborne monument in Arnhem is a damaged pillar from the former Palace of Justice placed on a pedestal. The pillar stands as a memorial to the memories of death but also of victory and life. The text on the pillar reads: ’17 SEPTEMBER 1944′. There are two reliefs next to the monument, one of the Pegasus Airborne Symbol and the other with the text: “Battle of Arnhem 44, Bridge to the future 94”.