Operation "Market Garden" +70
September 2014 was the month of the
70th anniversary of Operation
""Market Garden", the Allied plan to
end World War Two in 1944.
This is our report of "Market Garden
70 Years after Operation "Market
Garden", the Operation Market Garden
2014 event was held to
commemorate the liberation of the
towns and cities along Hell's
Highway from the Belgian border
South of Eindhoven North to Arnhem
and beyond. Unfortunately the
outcome of the Battle of Arnhem did
not end World War Two before the
winter of 1944 and '45. BattleDetective.com
witnessed the events commemorating
Saturday, September 13th 2014
The day of the traditional / annual
Photo Reenactment with Yank
Reenactment in Sint-Oedenrode.
We played the role of a Nazi
Prisoner of War for a change
recreating a famous photo of
American press photographers posing
with three Luftwaffe prisoners
before taking them to a POW
We then visited the Veghel Base
camp. Among many other items a
replica of a CG4A "Waco" glider was
Sunday, September 14th 2014
The first tour of the Operation
Market Garden 2014 vehicle parade
was held on this weekend day. Our
favorite group: 4 jeeps of the 82nd
Airborne Division's Recon team with
extra armor plates and .50 caliber
As seen from the 10th floor balcony
of a friend's apartment.
We met the same recon team again
further North in the town of Son.
Four recon jeeps named "Rhino",
"Rescue", "Rapunzel" and "Ricochet".
Noticed that all four jeeps' nick
names started with "R" for
We then met up with Michel van
Eert's group during the lunch break
on John Fitzgerald Kennedy-laan in
Eindhoven with 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault) signals
officer Antoine Nouens.
Reenactors set up a perimeter
defense on the North ramp of the
Wilhelmina Canal Bridge at Son.
After the event we rode our bicycles
on the blocked JFK-laan in
Riding bicycles on the West lanes of
JFK; normally the main drag North
from downtown Eindhoven, with
speeding traffic in both directions.
That evening we discussed
battlefield mysteries with World War
Two veteran of the 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault) John
Primerano at the BBQ of the Round
Round Canopy Parachuting Team held
at the windmill in Eerde.
We are in the group photo of diners
at the Round Round Canopy
Parachuting Team BBQ in Eerde.
Monday, September 15th 2014
Today we visited the Base Camp in
Veghel again to meet up with Don van
den Bogert and Boy Eysbroek.
Afterwards we joined the crowd
watching the beautiful drop of Round
Canopy Parachuting Team and WWII
Airborne Demonstration Team members
at Eerde with WWII Veterans Ray
Nagell (321st Glider Field Artillery
Bn.) and John Primerano (501st
Parachute Infantry Regiment) as
dignitaries in the crowd.
Tuesday, September 16th 2014
As if by accident we stumbled upon
today's camp site of the Liberation
Task Force for their overnight stay
We shot great images of Nynke
writing her name on a Sherman tank,
the daily weapons check and storage,
the waiting in line for weapons
storage with Dutch reenactor Floris
Baars handing in an Enfield
revolver. We met
506th Parachute Infantry Veteran
Bill Galbraight again and a British
Great images of Sherman tanks of the
Guards Armored Division, Sherman
tank with messages in chalk from
liberated Dutch towns and Shermans,
more Shermans. And a soldier's bath
in Wilhelmina Canal and soldiers
resting before the next move
across Wilhelmina Canal tomorrow.
Some taking part in a drill
We found an "owned"! captured Nazi
PAK 40 anti tank canon and went to
see the progress made on the
Bailey Bridge ready to be pushed
across Wilhelmina Canal in Son
tomorrow morning from the northern
And got a prized "Market Garden"
chocolate bar from men of the 411th
Combat Engineer Company, Royal
Netherlands Army working on the
bridge as feverishly as in the movie
A Bridge Too Far: "Pound it,
soldier, pound it! We've got a
schedule to meet!"
Wednesday, September 17th 2014
This was the day the Royal
Netherlands Army (RNLA) constructed
a Bailey Bridge across the
Wilhelmina Canal in Son allowing
British 30th Corps to cross, the
'reception in the field' of the
Commandant of the RNLA and a
demonstration by the 501st Infantry
Regiment of how they would attack
Grave bridge when they would have
been given that task today.
Thursday the 18th was spent in the
Rijk van Nijmegen area and Grave;
mostly on historical Drop Zones.
On Friday the 19th, the wreath
laying ceremonies of the Society of
Dutch Airborne Friends took place in
Eindhoven and the towns north of it;
all liberated by the 101st Airborne
Division and the subsequent "Remember
September" memorial dinner hosted by
the Airborne Friends.
Saturday the 20th was spent in the
Oosterbeek/Arnhem area and Sunday
the 21st was the day Alpha Company
of the 501st Infantry Regiment,
First Brigade Combat Team, 82nd
Airborne Division (the same unit
which liberated Grave bridge on the
17th) conducted the river crossing
of the Waal in Nijmegen. Enjoy our
0500AM, Royal Netherlands Army
engineers rolling the Bailey bridge
across Wilhelmina Canal in Son.
Constructing the Bailey Bridge at
Field Reception of
the Commandant Royal Netherlands
Army (RNLA) at the Maas river Bridge
That night in Eerde: Frenk Derks van de Ven
managing the debate about which US
Army airborne division is the real
parent of the 501st Infantry
Regiment & the littlest Andrew
Thursday, September 18th 2014
During our visit to the Rijk van
Nijmegen area we found that Then&Now
photography was made real easy in
Grave near Overasselt.
We then went to the CG4A glider
monument on the Klein Amerika
Landing Zone in Groesbeek unveiled
the previous day, displaying two
United States Army Air Corps
As a tradition we visited the Dutch
Casemate at Grave Bridge and
subsequently talked to the Mayor of
Grave after a ceremony in honor of
three downed British airmen. At the
Grave bridge across the Meuse river
we conducted some Combat Scene
Investigation at the Landing Zone
where .223 caliber blanks had been
fired by Alpha Company of the 501st
Infantry Regiment a day earlier.
Friday, September 19th 2014
This day was mostly spent with
wreath laying ceremonies, acting as
the Master of Ceremonies with US
Embassy staff, Mayor of the
Municipality of Sint-Oedenrode the
bugler of the Airbornevrienden, Ian
Gardner and his wife and many more
spectators Veghel, Heeswijk-Dinther
and other towns liberated by the
101st Airborne in September 1944.
We posed with with Airborne Friends
Chairman Mathew VanLuyt and the
Color Guard of the 173rd Airborne
Brigade in Heeswijk-Dinther.
That night we had the annual
Remember September Memorial Dinner
with 106 diners among whom 16
original WWII American liberators.
Saturday, September 20th 2014
This Saturday was mostly spent at
Arnhem Bridge and Oosterbeek:
Sunday, September 21st 2014
At the Car Park Vasim in Nijmegen
prior to the Waal Crossing
demonstration, watching British
tankers of 30th Corps getting a
behind the scene look, we met with
Douglas McCabe of the University of
Ohio. Doug is the curator of author
Cornelius Ryan's research material
for his book A Bridge Too Far and
from whom this agency has received
numerous documents. It was very
interesting attending Doug's 'flash
lecture' shortly after this and to
discuss battlefield myths with him.
We then witnessed Alpha Company, 2nd
Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
preparing for their river crossing
at "De Oversteek" bridge and 82nd
Airborne Division artillery
commander, Colonel Moretti giving
divisional patches to us on the
Now we were equipped with "The
complete wardrobe of the Waal river
crossing demonstration tourist".
During the crossing Royal
Netherlands Army infantry provided
covering fire with machine guns and
30th Corps with 17 pounder guns.
We saw wave after wave making the
combat Waal river crossing at the
same location as 70 years (+1 day)
ago while the RNLA used simulated
gun fire and artillery hits on the
northern river bank.
After the last wave a red star
signified "Mission accomplished".
The event was organized perfectly.
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