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The Battle of Arnhem - British convoy of supplies and rations is halted as Gemrans try to

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The Battle of Arnhem - British convoy of supplies and rations is halted as Gemrans try to

The Battle of Arnhem - British convoy of supplies and rations is halted as Gemrans try to cut the advanced supply road. On the left American infantry and Irish tanks move up to the attack.
The Battle of Arnhem was a major battle of the Second World War at the vanguard of the Allied Operation Market Garden. It was fought in and around the Dutch towns of Arnhem, Oosterbeek, Wolfheze, Driel, and the surrounding countryside from 17 and 26 September 1944.
The Allies were poised to enter the Netherlands after sweeping through France and Belgium in the summer of 1944, after the Battle of Normandy. Market Garden was proposed by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, who favoured a single thrust north over the branches of the Lower Rhine River, allowing the British Second Army to bypass the Siegfried Line and attack the Ruhr. Allied Airborne troops were dropped in the Netherlands to secure key bridges and towns along the Allied axis of advance. Farthest north, the British 1st Airborne Division landed at Arnhem to secure bridges across the Nederrijn, supported by men of the Glider Pilot Regiment and the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade. British XXX Corps were expected to reach the British airborne forces in two to three days.
The British airborne forces landed some distance from their objectives and were hampered by unexpected resistance. Only a small force was able to reach the Arnhem road bridge while the main body of the division was halted on the outskirts of the town. Meanwhile, XXX Corps was unable to advance north as quickly as anticipated and they failed to relieve the airborne troops according to schedule. After four days, the small British force at the bridge was overwhelmed and the rest of the division became trapped in a small pocket north of the river, where they could not be sufficiently reinforced by the Poles or XXX Corps when they arrived on the southern bank, nor by the RAFs resupply flights. After nine days of fighting, the shattered remains of the division were withdrawn in Operation Berlin. The Allies were unable to advance farther with no secure bridges over the Nederrijn, and the front line stabilised south of Arnhem. The British 1st Airborne Division lost nearly three quarters of its strength and did not see combat again.
Picture taken 25th September 1944

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Arnhem
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1944 Arnhem Holland The Netherlands


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This print captures a pivotal moment during the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. The image showcases a British convoy of supplies and rations being halted by German forces attempting to cut off the advanced supply road. On the left side, American infantry and Irish tanks are seen moving up to launch an attack. The Battle of Arnhem was a significant engagement that took place from 17th to 26th September 1944 in various Dutch towns including Arnhem, Oosterbeek, Wolfheze, and Driel. It was part of the larger Allied Operation Market Garden aimed at bypassing the Siegfried Line and attacking the Ruhr region. In this particular scene, British airborne troops had been dropped in the Netherlands to secure key bridges and towns along their axis of advance. However, they faced unexpected resistance as they landed far from their objectives. Only a small force managed to reach the Arnhem road bridge while most of the division remained trapped on the outskirts of town. Despite efforts by XXX Corps to relieve them according to schedule, logistical challenges prevented sufficient reinforcement or resupply for nine days. Eventually, after heavy fighting and with nearly three-quarters of its strength lost, what remained of the British 1st Airborne Division was withdrawn in Operation Berlin. This poignant photograph serves as a reminder not only of individual bravery but also highlights some harsh realities faced by Allied forces during this critical battle.

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