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Longread: The incredible patrol of six soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division

in After the battle/Longread
Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division keep an eye on the other side of the river from the Rijkdijk near Heteren.

ARNHEM – It is a bizarre story, but it is true. A month after the end of Market Garden, six American soldiers were ordered to take two German prisoners of war north of the Rhine. The patrol returned a day later with 32 German prisoners of war. (By: Patrick Arink) The bizarre exploration took place…

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A French sailor among British prisoners of war

in september 26
British prisoners of war are guarded by an SS soldier. (Photo: Federal Archives.)

After the fighting in Oosterbeek had subsided and the remnants of the British airborne division had withdrawn across the Rhine, the Germans made a special discovery. Among the British soldiers who remained in Oosterbeek was also a French sailor. The French sailor was found on Tuesday morning, September 26, at the Oude Kerk on the…

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One British soldier remains behind in Arnhem for months!

in After the battle
The police station in Bovenbeekstraat. Robert Pealing was here until October 31st.

While the British airborne division had long since been defeated and Arnhem had been evacuated by order of the Germans, there was still one British soldier in the city center of Arnhem. He managed to stay out of the hands of the Germans until the liberation in April 1945. This is the remarkable story of…

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“Whoa Mohammed!” The Arabic battle cry of the British paratroopers

in What you didn't know about the Battle of Arnhem
Soldiers of the 1st Parachute Brigade pose with an Arab and his camel during Operation Torch.

It was an Arab war cry that was regularly heard during the battle of the Battle of Arnhem. From a foxhole in Oosterbeek or a besieged house around the Rhine Bridge in Arnhem, “Whoa Mohammed” was suddenly shouted very loudly. When one of the British soldiers shouted the battle cry, it was immediately taken up…

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Longread: the Battle of Arnhem through the eyes of German commander Walter Harzer

in Longread

Many personal accounts have been written from the English side in which soldiers describe their experiences during the Battle of Arnhem. Much less attention is paid to the Battle of Arnhem through German eyes. Below is the story of the German Colonel Walter Harzer. Harzer was commander of the 9th SS Division Hohenstaufen and played…

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The escape of Brigadier General Shan Hackett

in After the battle
Brigadier Shan Hackett (center) with Field Marshal Montgomery and General Roy Urquhart prior to Operation Market Garden.

The story of General Hackett’s escape is exemplary of the courage of the Dutch resistance to help English soldiers stranded during the Battle of Arnhem. Brigadier General John ‘Shan’ Hackett was wounded in Oosterbeek on September 24, 1944. Hackett ended up in the Elisabeth Gasthuis. With the help of the resistance, he was able to…

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Longread: The blood-curdling battle account of a British paratrooper

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All officers of the 2nd Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel John Frost sits in the front row wearing Scottish trousers. The second officer from the right in the front row is Major Stanley Panter.

Major Stanley C. Panter was one of the British paratroopers who fought at the Rhine Bridge during the Battle of Arnhem. After the war, Panter wrote an extensive battle report. In this factual and blood-curdling story of 4,000 words, Panter meticulously recounts his experiences from the airborne landings on Sunday, September 17, 1944 to the…

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German blunders during the Battle of Arnhem

in Epilogue
Soldiers of the 10th SS Armored Division cross the Pannerdens Canal in motor boats with (stolen) bicycles to defend the Waal Bridge near Nijmegen. (Photo: Federal Archives.)

When it comes to the mistakes made during the Battle of Arnhem, it is often only about the British blunders. And rightly so, because there are quite a few. What receives much less attention is that a few major mistakes were also made on the German side during the course of the fighting. Waal Bridge…

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Why didn’t the British radios work?

in What you didn't know about the Battle of Arnhem
A British radio jeep, equipped with a Wireless 22 radio set.

Immediately after the landings at Wolfheze, the British troops were confronted with a problem that they had to deal with for days: poor communication via the radios. Two things are often mentioned as the main reason for the poorly functioning radios: the radios were equipped with the wrong crystals and the wooded area of ​​Arnhem…

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Before Market Garden: The Allies liberate France and Belgium in August 1944

in Preparations
Captured German soldiers in France in August 1944.

In essence, the plans for Operation Market Garden boiled down to the idea of ​​dropping more than 10,000 soldiers 70 miles behind the front line and race towards them as quick as possible with tanks in two days. As it turned out, Market Garden was far too ambitious. The resistance of the German troops turned…

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