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- Starts: 16/09/2018 10:30 am
- Ends: 16/09/2018 4:30 pm
Liberation festival with a colourful children’s fleamarket from 10.30 am-4.30 pm on the museum grounds with many other activities for children. Entry fee adults € 3,00 (incl. parking, museum and festival). Free admission for children under 18.
– Live music performed by various musicians, including Delta Swing Band en The Cowpokes;
– Exodus Evacuation Group will act out the ’44-’45 evacuation;
– 2nd hand booksale WW2;
– Radioshow with receiving and sending equipment from WW2;
– Hula hoop workshop by La Hoop;
– Radio-controlled military model airplanes and classic cars;
– Create a fun historic picture with a GreenScreen offered by PicsPoint Photography;
– Grateful Generation tours will organize exciting fieldtrips along the battlefields of Operation Market Garden in an authentic Willys MB from WW2 (2 to 3 persons). Tours every half hour from 10.30am-4.30pm. Price: €7,50 per person, cash only (excl. Entry-fee € 3,- pp for museum, festivities and parking).
The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 is located on the site where on 17 September 1944 paratroopers from the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division landed as part of Operation Market Garden. The museum holds a large collection of material concerning Operation Market Garden, the battle for the Reichswald and the Second World War in its broadest sense.
The city of Nijmegen played an important role in Operation Market Garden. With two bridges across the Waal river it was vital for the Allied advance towards Arnhem and Germany later on. On 20 September 1944 U.S. troops managed to capture both bridges and liberate the city.
Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. It aimed to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas (Meuse), Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands in order to outflank the heavy German defences of the Siegfried Line and to insure a swift advance towards Berlin.
From 1943 to 1945, the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division was deployed in all of the important operations in western Europe. It took part in military operations in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Belgium as well as on the territory of the German Reich. After the war it was stationed in Berlin as part of the occupying forces.
To secure the strategic bridges captured earlier by airborne forces, the Allied ground troops of Operation Market Garden, created a narrow front along a two-lane road heading north. This made their advance vulnerable to counterattacks on both flanks. Soon they came under constant, murderous fire. Therefore this route became known as ‘Hell’s Highway’.