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The Battle of Arnhem - the first pictures of British troops thrusting into Holland

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The Battle of Arnhem - the first pictures of British troops thrusting into Holland

The Battle of Arnhem - the first pictures of British troops thrusting into Holland. British armoured vehicles on fire.
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 After nine days of fighting, the shattered remains of the division were withdrawn in Operation Berlin.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 21st September 1944

Jack Esten
Daily Herald
Mirrorpix
Arnhem
The Netherlands
B/W Print

Media ID 21861888

© Mirrorpix

1944 Arnhem Fire Holland Tank The Netherlands


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The Battle of Arnhem - A Glimpse into the Heroic Thrust of British Troops into Holland

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. This powerful print captures a pivotal moment in history, showcasing the first pictures of British troops thrusting courageously into Holland during the Battle of Arnhem. The image portrays a scene filled with chaos and determination as British armoured vehicles blaze in the background. The Battle of Arnhem was a significant engagement during World War II, forming part of Operation Market Garden. As Allied forces advanced through France and Belgium after the Normandy invasion, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery proposed this audacious plan to bypass Germany's formidable defenses by crossing the Lower Rhine River. Airborne troops were deployed to secure vital bridges and towns along their path. Farthest north, the brave soldiers from the British 1st Airborne Division landed at Arnhem with hopes to secure crucial river crossings. However, they faced unexpected resistance and were unable to reach their objectives as planned. Meanwhile, XXX Corps encountered delays in advancing towards Arnhem due to unforeseen circumstances. Consequently, they failed to relieve their airborne comrades on schedule. After days of intense fighting and valiant efforts by both sides, overwhelming opposition forced a withdrawal operation known as Berlin. Despite immense bravery displayed by these troops, victory eluded them that day. The shattered remains of the division retreated while casualties mounted significantly. This battle marked an important turning point where progress halted south of Arnhem due to lack of secure bridges over Nederrijn. Jack Esten's poignant photograph serves as a testament to those who fought gallantly during this historic clash but also reminds us about sacrifices made for freedom's cause.

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