Arnhem: Operation Market Garden (4 Days)

The airborne assault on the bridge at Arnhem was conceived as part of “Operation Market Garden.”  The plan’s aim was to shorten the war by means of a bold thrust deep into Nazi-occupied Holland, leaving the way open into Germany. A series of bridges were to be captured to secure a route; enabling XXX Corps to make its push to the Rhine. The American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions captured the bridges as far as Nijmegen. Responsibility for the furthest bridge, at Arnhem, fell to the British 1st Airborne Division and its commanding officer, General Roy Urquhart.

Only 750 men under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Frost managed to reach the Arnhem bridge from their distant dropping zone. The rest of the Division were unable to come up to his support and were forced to establish a perimeter defence in Oosterbeek around the Hartenstein Hotel. Eventually, with XXX Corps only a few miles away, the remnants of the Division could hold out no longer and withdrew across the Neder Rijn from Oosterbeek, in what was codenamed “Operation Berlin”.


Day One: Outward TravelArnhem: Commemorative Parachute Drop at Ginkel Heath

06.00 hours (approx): Local pick-up & travel to Dover for cross-Channel ferry to Calais. Onward travel & check-in at accommodation in the Nijmegen area. This route will also include the Grave Bridge over the Maas & part of “Hell’s Highway”
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Two: Arnhem

09.00: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Reijerscamp, Renkum & Ginkel Heath: LZs & Dzs
Hartenstein & Tafelberg Hotel: Lion Route & Arnhem: The John Frost BridgePerimeter
Westerbouwing Heights: The Germans at Arnhem
St Elizabeth’s Hospital: Battle of West Arnhem
The John Frost Bridge at Arnhem: The Paras at the bridge
“Lonsdale’s Church” & Acacialaan: Baskeyfield VC
Oosterbeek Cemetery: Remembrance
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Three: Driel & Nijmegen

09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Driel Polish Memorial: “Dash to Driel” & Polish Arnhem: Lonsdale's Churchforces
The Waal Bridge at Nijmegen: Amphibious assault
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery: Rhineland & RAF
Jonkerbos War Cemetery: The role of XXX Corps
Groesbeek Cemetery & Memorial to the Missing (Seine to the Rhine): Remembrance & Canadians in WWII
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Four: Return

09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast for Calais &
cross-Channel ferry to UKArnhem: British Artillery near John Frost Bridge
Disembark in Dover & return to drop-off point


Pick-up & drop-off times are dependent upon the group’s proximity to Dover.


This is a suggested itinerary & can be amended to suit the requirements of the group.

Arnhem: Links

Click on the links below for details about these locations:

Hartenstein Museum Oosterbeek Cemetery Itinerary via Hull
Key Sites

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