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Arnhem Cemeteries and Memorials

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17 – 26 SEPTEMBER 1944: THE BATTLE OF ARNHEM Operation ‘Market Garden’ was the largest airborne assault in history and one of the most daring and ambitious Allied operations of the Second World War. On 17 September 1944, Allied airborne troops landed behind enemy lines to capture vital river crossings in the Netherlands. The bridge at Arnhem was the furthest inside enemy territory and despite determined attempts, supporting ground forces could not reach their surrounded airborne comrades and secure the bridge. It became known as ‘a bridge too far’. After ten days of desperate resistance around 2,400 airborne soldiers managed to escape, but more than 6,000 were captured. A bridge too far - Arnhem Bridge September 1944 IWM MH 2061

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