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The Battle of Arnhem Archive

One of the most dramatic battles of the Second World War was fought in and around Arnhem from 17 to 25 September 1944. Due to a combination of factors, the Battle of Arnhem culminated in the last allied defeat of the war. The Battle of Arnhem is painstakingly reconstructed on this website.

The emphasis is on the fighting that took place in Arnhem and Oosterbeek. The site consists of more than 200 stories organized by thematically clustered posts. The search function makes it easy to search by subject.

PHOTOS: the battle at the bridge through German eyes

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German corporal Karl-Heinz Kracht eats his ration in front of his tank. The tank was parked at Jos Pé printing house.

German corporal Karl-Heinz Kracht was a bomb loader in a Mark III tank that was deployed against John Frost’s paratroopers at the Rhine Bridge. Few pictures have been taken of the battle around the bridge. Besides British aerial photos, we actually only have the photos that Karl-Heinz Kracht took as a hobby photographer during the…

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PHOTOS: Germans expel the British from Utrechtseweg

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German soldiers with a piece of anti-aircraft gun on Boulevard Heuvelink. The soldier on the right who puts a bottle to his mouth is the German war photographer Erich Wenzel. Many of the photos below are from his hand. (Photo: Bundesarchiv.)

On the morning of Tuesday, September 19, 1944, two German Propaganda Kompanie Kriegsberichter arrive in Arnhem: Wenzel and Jacobsen. The war correspondents with their 35 mm cameras took many photos that day of the events in Arnhem. This page shows an image report of the photos Wenzel and Jacobsen took on Utrechtseweg, where they traveled…

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PHOTOS: Germans take hundreds of British prisoners of war

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Tuesday, September 19, was a dramatic day for the British. At the Gemeentemuseum and via Amsterdamseweg near Oosterbeek, the paratroopers had tried to reach Arnhem, but they were beaten back in both places. The Germans made hundreds of prisoners of war that day. At that time the Germans had several Kriegsberichter walking around in Arnhem,…

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PHOTOS: the battle in Oosterbeek on Monday September 25

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Because the battle against the British Airborne Division resulted in a victory for the German army, the Germans had sent many Kriegsberichter to Oosterbeek to portray the Battle of Arnhem. The photos they took were to convince the inhabitants of the German Reich that Germany was far from defeated. Of all the German photographers who…

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PHOTOS: A photo shoot of some British POW

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The photo above this article is world famous. The photo can be found in many books about the Battle of Arnhem and has, for example, been used as a cover photo of the Dutch book “Another view on the Battle of Arnhem” by Peter Berends. At the corner of Steenstraat near Musis Sacrum, the German…

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PHOTOS: This is what the Rhine Bridge area looked like after the fighting

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For more than 80 hours, approximately 750 British paratroopers, led by Colonel John Frost, had defended their positions on the north side of the Rhine Bridge. Forced by a shortage of ammunition, but mainly because all the buildings that were occupied by the British had been set on fire, they had to surrender in the…

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PHOTOS: Oosterbeek, after the Battle of Arnhem

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A car wreck on the Utrechtseweg. In the background hotel Schoonoord. Schoonoord was used by the British as a dressing station.

The German Kriegsberichter Erwin Seeger made a series of photos after the British retreated over the Rhine. The photos show in detail how great the chaos and destruction was in Oosterbeek. Seeger was a war photographer who was sent to Oosterbeek by the German army command after the end of the fighting to portray the…

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Theirs is the Glory: a unique document about the Battle of Arnhem

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A spectacular screenshot from the movie Theirs is the Glory.

On September 17, 1946, exactly two years after Operation Market Garden started, the British movie ‘Theirs is the Glory’ premiered in London. The film, starring British airborne veterans, was shot between the ruins of Arnhem and Oosterbeek in the summer of 1945 and is a unique document about the Battle of Arnhem. The movie, you…

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PHOTOS: The evacuation of Arnhem in pictures

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Arnhem evacuees walk through the Jansstraat in the city center of Arnhem, on their way to an unknown destination. (Photo: P. J. de Booys / Gelders Archive.)

On Friday September 23, 1944, the German army command ordered that Arnhem be evacuated. The Germans assumed that the Allies would make a new attempt to conquer Arnhem. The 90,000 residents of the city were given until 8:00 PM Monday to leave the city. The population was informed of the evacuation order via stencils that…

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