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Airborne landings on Tuesday, September 19: target shooting for the Germans

in Oosterbeek/September 19
The Germans shoot at the landing gliders with machine guns.

Part of the Polish Airborne Brigade landed near Arnhem on Tuesday, September 19. The Poles found themselves in the middle of heavy fighting between the British and Germans around the landing site. Originally, the entire 1st Polish Airborne Brigade was supposed to land near Arnhem that day. But because the weather was too bad at…

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Driel ferry in German hands: not an easy crossing for the Polish Brigade

in Oosterbeek/Polish Brigade/September 21
The Driel ferry, a few years before the outbreak of war. At the bottom of the photo Driel. At the top of the photo the Westerbouwing in Oosterbeek.

On Thursday morning at 4:30 am, General Urquhart had confirmed to headquarters that the Westerbouwing was in British hands and that the Driel ferry, with a mooring at the Westerbouwing, could be used later that day by the Poles to enter the British lines from Driel. to strengthen Oosterbeek. Things, like almost everything during Operation…

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Urquhart’s cry for help to XXX Corps: “Our division no longer exists”

in Oosterbeek/Polish Brigade/September 22

On the morning of Friday, September 22, General Urquhart realized that his troops would not last much longer against the immense German pressure on the perimeter positions in Oosterbeek. In the plans for Operation Market Garden, the 1st British Airborne Division would be relieved after 48 hours in Arnhem by the ground troops advancing from…

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52 Polish soldiers manage to reach the British in Oosterbeek

in Oosterbeek/Polish Brigade/September 22
Polish paratroopers welcome the allied ground troops of the Houshold Cavalry in Driel.

The 950 Polish paratroopers who had landed at Driel were originally all going to be transferred via the Driel ferry to strengthen the British positions in Oosterbeek. But while the Poles were on their way to the Netherlands in their planes on Thursday, September 21, the Germans managed to capture the landing place on the…

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September 22: The ground troops advance to the south bank of the Rhine

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Two British Bren carriers and a DUKW amphibious vehicle of the 43rd Wessex Division on their way to the south bank of the Rhine.

On Wednesday evening, September 20, the Americans managed to capture the Waal Bridge near Nijmegen intact through a heroic attack . But on Friday morning, September 22, the Allied ground troops of XXX Corps were still stuck in Lent on the north side of Nijmegen. On Thursday, September 21, 47 tanks of the Irish Guards…

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