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Omroep Gelderland is all about Operation Market Garden in the third weekend of September. Follow live the commemorations in Arnhem, from the Ginkelse Heide and in Oosterbeek. You will also experience Bridge to Liberation.

About Operation Market Garden
Operation Market Garden was the largest airborne operation up to that point in World War II. The aim was to acquire the bridges over the Maas, Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands. Market Garden was a daring plan by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. It was operated by English, American and Polish airborne troops and three divisions of ground forces.

A bridge too far
Operation Market Garden was very ambitious, but failed due to bad weather conditions and fierce German resistance, especially at the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. And that wasn’t the only problem of the operation. Communication problems, the difficult advance of the ground troops and errors in the high command also cause the failure. After the successful Battle of Nijmegen, the Allies failed to capture the last bridge at Arnhem; it became the proverbial "bridge too far".

Source of information: Liberation Route Europe

TV Guide

September 3 | Airborne Wandeltocht
September 3rd at 5.15 PM
The walking tour takes place every year on the first saturday of September in Oosterbeek. From 5.15 PM on TV Gelderland.

September 16 | Bridge to Liberation
September 16th at 8.30 PM
Experience the impressive show of Bridge to Liberation. An experience with music, special effects, film and dance will take you in a spectacular way into true personal stories at the time of the Battle of Arnhem.

September 16-18 | Commemorations
Live TV broadcasts of the commemorations can be seen daily during the third week of September.

Sept 16 | 05.15 PM - Commemoration Airborneplein Arnhem
At the memorial ceremony, on the Airborneplein, the soldiers be commemorated who lost their lives in an attempt to establish a bridgehead during the Battle of Arnhem. Civilians also remember the thousands of Arnhem civilians who were forced to evacuate after the battle.

Sept 17 | 10.45 AM - Plane landings Ginkelse Heide
The annual plane landings on the Ginkelse Heide are organized in memory of the Allied plane landings during Operation Market Garden. Airborne mayors, aldermen and representatives of various Airborne organizations also lay wreaths of flowers out of respect for the fallen from the Battle of Arnhem.

Sept 18 | 10.45 AM - Commemoration Airborne cemetery Oosterbeek
More than 1750 Allied soldiers are buried in the Airborne cemetery in Oosterbeek, who were killed during the Battle of Arnhem. During the commemoration they are remembered.

Documentaries
In September, a Market Garden documentary is broadcast every Tuesday at 5.15 pm.

  • Aug 30 & Sept 6 | The Wonderful Story of Private Morgan (parts 1 and 2)
    A documentary about writer Bas Steman who, while doing research for his novel, becomes involved in a special way with a soldier from the Second World War.
  • Sept 13 | Back home
    The documentary tells the story of Thea Bouhuijs (90). She is one of the many children who returned to a completely devastated Arnhem in 1945, after a nine-month evacuation .
  • Sept 20 & 27 | The Bleekneusjes are going back (parts 1 and 2)
    After the Second World War, “pale noses” Bob Bakkenes (89) and Theo van Binsbergen (88) regained strength in the United Kingdom after the tough last years of the war. For the documentary they travel one more time to their beloved Penzance to reminisce and say goodbye.