- Starts: 14/09/2019 8:00 am
- Ends: 22/09/2019 10:00 pm
On Saturday 14th of September, one of the biggest events of the year will take place in Belgium and in the Netherlands.
In 2019 we are commemorating 75 years since Operation Market Garden took place. At the time, the Allied Forces traveled from Belgium through several locations in the Netherlands, to finally end up in Nijmegen and Arnhem. Unfortunately Operation Market Garden became a failure.
The event will start in the Belgian town of Leopoldsburg on September 14th. A military vehicle parade of approximately 600 vehicles will drive to Veghel in the Netherlands. Before the ‘Route South’ various events and activities will be organised in Leopoldsburg.
From September 15 until September 21, you can visit the military camps Basecamp Veghel and Camp Cider White Grave. Many other activities will take place during these days, including demonstrations, educational tours, a veterans-day, historical vehicles and equipment, para droppings, historical reenactments, a military market, and more.
On Sunday 22nd of September, the vehicle parade will continue towards Nijmegen, the ‘Route North’, where the event will officially come to an end.
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.
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.
The Infocentre WW2 is a historic, touristic, and educational information point. It aims to provide visitors of Nijmegen and its surrounding the best introduction to the stories, heritage, events, and museums linked to the Second World War in the area.
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.
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.
Located in eastern Belgium on the border with the Netherlands and at a short distance from Germany, the municipality of Leopoldsburg became, in September 1944, the headquarters in advance of Operation Market Garden. Today Leopoldsburg’s Liberation Trail presents all the important WWII heritage sites in the vicinity. In addition, a brand new World War II museum is currently being developed: the Liberation Garden Museum should open its doors in May 2020.
The Grote Rappèl ² is an unforgettable musical spectacle, performed by more than 400 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and other artists. The previous edition – De Groote Rappèl – was such an overwhelming success in 2016 that we had to play extra performances. Overall, more than 10,000 spectators came to Leopoldsburg.
In September 1944 the main operation for the Netherlans of World War II occurs, Operation Market Garden, which eventually led to the liberation. In the Museum, the occupation, the oppression and the final liberation are extensively exposed. Travel in time with authentic military equipment and beautiful dioramas. Also explore the vehicles, displays, a 3D movie, pictures and experience how it feels like to be a pilot during a flight simulation!