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Battlefield Tours

Operation Market Garden Highlights Battlefield Tour

Operation Market Garden Highlights Battlefield Tour

In this full-day Market Garden highlights battlefield tour, we are going to look at the locations where the operation was decided. This tour is a good option if you only have one day available and want to see as much of the area as you can.

This tour starts at the Son bridge in the 101st Airborne sector and the objective of the 506th Parachute Infantry. From there we will head north generally following XXX corps’ route and our next stop will be the battle of Koevering, just south of Veghel. This is where the Germans cut the corridor and blocked it for over 40 hours, it proved to be a fatal cut for the operation.

We wil then leave the 101st Airborne area and move north towards the 82nd Airborne sector and visit the Grave bridge the only bridge that was to be taken by a “coup-de-main” assault. Our next stop will be the road bridge at Nijmegen where we will cover the attacks on that bridge by the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne and the men of XXX Corps. After a good lunch (not included) we will cross the Waal river and visit the location where the heroic crossing of the Waal river took place. In broad daylight, paratroopers rowed across the river in canvas boats under murderous German fire to secure a bridgehead and attack the nearby bridges from the north.

Our next destination is the 1st Airborne sector at Oosterbeek where we will visit the Westerbouwing Heights, the dominating hill overlooking the Rhine river. We will then visit the Church near the River at Oosterbeek, inside the perimeter which was held by the British and Polish soldiers for 6 days against vicious German attacks.

We will end our day in Arnhem at the road bridge where we will talk about how the north end of the bridge was captured by John Frost and his men. We will discuss their defensive positions and the German attacks which lead to their eventual defeat.

Tour itinerary

  • Son bridge
  • Koevering battle, where the Germans cut the road
  • Grave bridge
  • Nijmegen Bridge
  • Waal crossing
  • Westerbouwing Heights
  • Oosterbeek perimeter
  • Arnhem Bridge

Languages

This tour is available in English and in Dutch.

Pricing

We have a flat fee price for our tours:

  • Price for a full day private tour, 1 to 4 people is €375.
  • Transportation for up to 4 persons is included.
  • Lunch 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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