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The Battle of Arnhem - The second army has already linked up with the one isolated

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The Battle of Arnhem - The second army has already linked up with the one isolated

The Battle of Arnhem - The second army has already linked up with the one isolated airborne force in the Arnhem area and is fighting forward against bitter and determined resistance towards the main airborne area. British troops pictured at action stations for covering fire, as the infantry crossed a canal.
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 After nine days of fighting, the shattered remains of the division were withdrawn in Operation Berlin.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 23rd September 1944

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Arnhem
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1944 Arnhem Holland The Netherlands


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This powerful print captures a pivotal moment during the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. The image showcases British troops at action stations, ready to provide covering fire as infantry soldiers cross a canal. It is a testament to their determination and bravery in the face of bitter resistance. The Battle of Arnhem was part of Operation Market Garden, an ambitious plan by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery to bypass the Siegfried Line and attack the Ruhr. Allied airborne troops were dropped in the Netherlands to secure key bridges and towns along their axis of advance. However, unforeseen challenges awaited them. The British 1st Airborne Division faced unexpected resistance and only a small force managed to reach the Arnhem road bridge while others became trapped north of the river. Despite efforts from XXX Corps, they were unable to relieve the airborne forces on schedule. After nine days of intense fighting, with no secure bridges over the Nederrijn, it became clear that victory was not attainable for this division. They were forced to withdraw in Operation Berlin, leaving behind significant losses. This poignant photo serves as a reminder of both heroism and sacrifice exhibited by these brave soldiers who fought valiantly but ultimately fell short in achieving their objectives. It stands as a tribute to all those who participated in this historic battle and highlights their unwavering commitment towards freedom and justice.

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