Operation Market Garden Highlights Battlefield Tour

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Paratroopers landing on Dropzone O.

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 Arnhem where we will visit one of the drop and landing zones of the British 1st Airborne Division. We will then visit the Oosterbeek Perimeter which was held by the Airbornes for 6 days against vicious German attacks.

The road bridge at Arnhem will be our next stop and 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.

At Nijmegen, we will 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. We will cross the road bridge into Nijmegen where we will cover the attacks on that bridge by the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne and the men of XXX Corps.

We will then move down the corridor to the bridge at Grave, also a target of the 82nd Airborne and the only bridge that was to be taken by a “coup-de-main” assault.

Going south once more we will arrive at the area of the 101st Airborne Division where the Germans were able to cut the corridor near Veghel. We will visit the windmill at Eerde and then move on to the sand dunes where the Germans had to be evicted in a fierce soldier vs soldier battle.

Our final 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.

Tour itinerary

  • Arnhem landing zone
  • Arnhem Bridge
  • Oosterbeek perimeter
  • Nijmegen Bridge
  • Waal crossing
  • Grave bridge
  • Sand dunes & Windmill at Eerde
  • Koevering battle, where the Germans cut the road

This tour takes around 8 hours and a visit to the Hartenstein museum can be added to the schedule on request.

Languages

This tour is available in English and in Dutch.

Pricing

We have a flat fee price for all our tours:

  • Price for a full day private tour, 1 to 4 people is €320.
  • Contact us for pricing for a group of more than 4 persons.
  • Transportation to and from the locations is included.
  • Museum entrance is not included in the price.

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