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Battle for the Belgian Canals

Battle for the Belgian Canals
On September 6th 1944 the British Guards Armored division attacked across the Albert canal in Beringen. They were not expecting any significant German resistance and were hoping to be on the Belgian / Dutch border later that day. However the Germans were building a new defensive line behind that same Albert canal. It took four days of heavy fighting before a bridge across the next canal was captured, the now famous Joe’s Bridge across the Meuse-Escaut canal at Neerpelt. In this tour we are going to follow the main line of advance of the Guards Armored division, starting at Beringen move to Beverlo and Heppen. We will then move forward towards Hechtel which took 5 days of heavy fighting to secure. We end this tour at Neerpelt where we will visit Joe’s Bridge and talk about the capture of the bridge and the subsequent German attempts to retake it.

Tour itinerary

  • Beringen Bridgehead
  • Beverlo
  • Heppen
  • Hechtel
  • Capture of Joe’s Bridge
  • German counterattacks at Joe’s Bridge
This tour takes around 8 hours.


This tour is available in English and in Dutch.


We have a flat fee price for our tours:
  • Price for a full day private tour for 1 to 4 persons including transportation is €450.
  • For 5-8 persons I have to charge €620 to cover the rent of a large minivan.
  • Lunch and museum entrance is not included in the price.
  • For a group of more than 4 persons please visit my Groups page

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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.

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