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The Battle of Arnhem. thrusting north from Eindhoven, British troops crossed the Bois le

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The Battle of Arnhem. thrusting north from Eindhoven, British troops crossed the Bois le

The Battle of Arnhem. thrusting north from Eindhoven, British troops crossed the Bois le Duc Canal on 22nd September and two days later had extended their bridgehead to neighbourhood of Deurne, only a few miles from the German border. Here the armour is assembling in preparation for the next 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 After nine days of fighting, the shattered remains of the division were withdrawn in Operation Berlin.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 22nd September 1944

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This print captures a crucial moment during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. British troops, thrusting north from Eindhoven, can be seen crossing the Bois le Duc Canal on their way to extending their bridgehead near Deurne, just a few miles away from the German border. The image showcases the assembly of armored vehicles as they prepare for the next phase of attack. The Battle of Arnhem was a significant engagement during World War II and formed part of Operation Market Garden. This operation aimed to allow the British Second Army to bypass Germany's formidable Siegfried Line by crossing over branches of the Lower Rhine River and attacking the Ruhr region. Allied airborne troops were deployed in strategic locations across the Netherlands to secure key bridges and towns along this axis. However, unforeseen resistance and delays hindered progress for both airborne forces and ground troops. Despite initial success in reaching Arnhem's road bridge, only a small contingent managed to hold it while awaiting relief that never arrived according to schedule. Ultimately, after nine days of intense fighting, remnants of the British 1st Airborne Division had no choice but to withdraw. This poignant photograph serves as a powerful reminder of both bravery and sacrifice exhibited by those who fought during this pivotal battle. It stands as an enduring testament to their unwavering determination amidst challenging circumstances on foreign soil.

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