Battlefield Tours

September 24th

September 24th


In a final attempt to reinforce the Perimeter and secure a crossing site the 4th Dorsets cross the Rhine at night. Their main objective is to secure the Westerbouwing Heights so that future reinforcements can be brought in without being under constant German fire. Unfortunately, there are too few boats to make a crossing in force and because of the fast flowing Rhine the Dorsets land widely dispersed and are destroyed by the Germans.

Only a very small number of Dorsets reach the perimeter, the rest are all taken prisoner.


In the evening the corridor is again blocked by the Germans from Kampfgruppe Jungwirth, this time south of Veghel at Koevering. Their attempts to take Eerde are thwarted by the 501st PIR who drive the Germans out of the Sand Dunes in Eerde. This only gives the Germans a small foothold on the corridor but it proves very hard to dislodge them. Tanks from the Coldstream Guards are once again forced to drive south to Veghel to help unblock the corridor.

This is seen as the death stroke of the operation and that day order is given to evacuate the forces north of the Rhine.


The 82nd Airborne starts reorganizing the front, all regiments move to new locations to the east of Nijmegen, the platoons from the 508th PIR at Devils Hill are finally relieved.

By chance, an emergency airstrip is discovered at Keent and is quickly transformed into a fully functional airfield.

Continue to next page

By Joris

My name is Joris Nieuwint and I will be your tour guide! Please allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what I've been doing over the past years. For the past 10 years I've been living in Veghel, and before that, I've lived in Arnhem for almost two decades. Living so close to the battlefields meant that Operation Market Garden always had my interest and I've been studying the battles for all those years. Sharing what I've learned over the years has been my passion and becoming a tour guide was one of my dreams. Keeping the sacrifices of these men alive by telling their stories and showing the locations where it happened is my greatest passion.

Related Posts