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

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

Watch all broadcasts live on YouTube.

September 17 & 18 | Bridge to Liberation 'on screen' 
September 17th at 8.30 PM and September 18th from 5.20 PM (repeated in two parts)
This year you will experience Bridge to Liberation 'on screen'. 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 17-19 | Commemorations
Live TV broadcasts of the commemorations can be seen daily during the third week of September.

Sept 17 | 06.20 PM - Commemeration Eusebiuskerk Arnhem
In the Eusebius church and the Berenkuil , the victims of the battle of Arnhem are remembered. The evening begins with a memorial service in the Eusebius church.

Sept 17 | 07.15 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 18 | 10.00 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.

Sept 18 | 11.00 AM - Commemoration Ginkelse Heide
During the annual commemoration on the Ginkelse Heide, Airborne mayors, aldermen and representatives of various Airborne organizations lay wreaths of flowers out of respect for the fallen from the Battle of Arnhem.

Sept 18 | 03.00 uur PM- Commemoration Polenplein Driel
Every year, the deployment of the Polish Parachute Brigade under the command of General Stanislaw Sosabowski is commemorated on the Polenplein in Driel.

Sept 19 | 11.00 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.

September 20 | Waalcrossing
Follow live via YouTube the official commemoration of the capture of the Waal Bridge near Nijmegen by the American 82nd Airborne Division in 1944. At the time, soldiers crossed the Waal in canvas boats to reach the bridge via the other side.

All commemorations and Bridge to Liberation can also be followed via our livestream on Facebook, YouTube, website and app.