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Battlefield Tours

XXX Corps Breakout Battlefield Tour

XXX Corps Breakout Battlefield Tour

In this tour, we are going to focus on the exploits of XXX Corps and their race to get to Arnhem in time. This tour will focus on the breakout of the Neerpelt bridgehead and end near Veghel at the Koevering battle area, where the Germans made the final cut of the Corridor.

The tour will begin in Leopoldsburg in Belgium where the briefing for the operation took place, then we will move to Joe’s Bridge where we will cover its capture and subsequent German counter-attacks and also its significance for the Allies.

Just a short distance from Joe’s bridge is the start line of Operation Market Garden and then we’ll move to the location where it all went wrong, the German Ambush site. We will pay our respects at the CWGC Cemetery where the casualties of the breakout are buried. Our next stop will be the center of Valkenswaard.

Following up the Corridor we will arrive at Aalst where the Germans were able to block the advance to Eindhoven for almost 12 hours before entering Eindhoven. At Eindhoven, the linkup with the 101st Airborne Division took place, we will briefly cover their attack and capture of this city.

At Son, a bridge needed to be built because the Germans were able to destroy it just before the capture by the paratroopers. Son was also the location of the first German counter-attacks from the east and at nearby Nederwetten the XXX Corps tanks had to slug it out with German Panthers.

XXX Corps breakout tour itinerary

  • Leopoldsburg
  • Capture of Joes Bridge
  • Bridgehead Breakout
  • Valkenswaard CWGC Cemetery
  • Valkenswaard town center
  • German blockade at Aalst,
  • Linkup at Eindhoven
  • Son bridge
  • Nederwetten tank battle

This tour will take around 8 hours.

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 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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