Bridging our past with the future by preserving our heritage in the present.
Day: May 7, 2020
This 8 April 2018 video says about itself: Arnhem: A Bridge Too Far (WWII Documentary) In December, 1944, 400 men of the 1rst British Airborne Division paraded at Buckingham Palace to receive their grateful thanks from their king and countrymen. Although they paraded as heroes, victors they were not. They were some of the survivors […]
The road bridge across the Lower Rhine should have been the final objective of the operation, and its capture was tasked with the British 1st Airborne Division. In September 1944 the Allies launched Operation Market Garden. Unexpected German resistance in Arnhem meant that only a small force of some 750 men were able to reach […]
The next bridge in the Wartime Bridges series takes us to Arnhem in the Netherlands and to this bridge, the John Frost Bridge, spanning the River Rhine. There, the bridge was the site of one of Germany’s last stand in the Battle of Arnhem, which took place from September 17th until the 26th, 1944. In an attempt to liberate the city, British and Polish forces moved towards the city, only to be ambushed by German forces. A pair of stories on the battle to claim the city and the bridge can be found here and in the next article. The John Frost Bridge was named after the Major General who led his troops to battle and would later become a Prisoner of War.
This is Part I. Part II you can find here. It includes a video documentary.