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.

TV Guide

  • September 02 | 03.00 PM | Airborne Wandeltocht
    The world's largest one day memorial walking tour.
  • September 15 | 05.15 PM | Commemoration Airborneplein Arnhem
    The soldiers who lost their lives in an attempt to establish a bridgehead during the Battle of Arnhem are remembered.
  • September 15 | 08.15 PM | 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 | 11.00 AM | Plane landings Ginkelse Heide
    The annual airborne landings are organized in memory of the Allied airborne landings during Operation Market Garden.
  • September 17 | 10.45 AM | Commemoration Airborne cemetery Oosterbeek
    More than 1750 Allied soldiers who are buried in the Airborne Cemetery are remembered.

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