Fri, 13 Oct|
2023 Field Trip: Operation Market Garden, September 1944. BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED
Our 2023 Field Trip will cover the failed Allied campaign to seize the Rhine bridges in Holland in September 1944. This will not only take in the British operations at Arnhem but the less well covered US Airborne landings at Eindhoven and Nijmegen (pictured).
Time & Location
13 Oct 2023, 11:00 BST – 16 Oct 2023, 19:00 BST
About the Event
Price £635 pp sharing a room. Single supplement £125. Based upon minimum number of 15 persons.
Price includes return Eurostar travel London to Brussels, coach travel in Belgium and Holland, three nights bed and breakfast, and souvenir map book. Lunches and evening meals are not included. It will also be possible to meet the group at Brussels, please enquire for details.
A connection with the American Civil War: after WW1 the 101st Division was assigned to the Organized Reserve in Wisconsin. Its leaders learned that the 8th Wisconsin Volunteers carried "Old Abe", an eagle, into combat during the Civil War. The division adopted the eagle on its flash to show its regional link to the past.
Day 01 – Friday 13th October, 2023
11.00 gather London St Pancras for 13.00 Eurostar Departure to Brussels. Arrive circa 16.00.
Leaving Brussels we drive to Joe’s’ Bridge, following the capture of the bridge by Durham Light Infantry and the Guards a few days previous to the commencement of Market Garden. We will then deal with the start of Market Garden itself and the advance of Guards Armoured Division.
Day 02 – Saturday 14th October, 2023
This morning we will look at the actions of the 101st US Airborne Division around Eindhoven.
Afterwards we shall follow Hells Highway stopping (if traffic conditions permit) at Son Veghel, with a slightly longer stop at the Grave Bridge, and aiming to arrive at Nijmegen after lunch.
The afternoon will be devoted to the battle of Nijmegen in some detail including the action in the Valkhof Park, the crossing of the bridge by the Grenadier Guards and the small boat assault by elements of the 82nd Airborne. We then drive on to our hotel in Arnhem, in the course of which our guide will endeavour to point out some of the actions fought by 43rd Infantry Division and Guards Armoured Division on the "Island".
Day 03– Sunday 15th October, 2023
Arrive at Ginkel Heath, this was the drop zone for 4th Parachute Brigade on the 2nd day and we will discuss their actions.
We then move on to the dropping and landing zones for 1st Parachute Brigade and 1st Air Landing Brigade together with Divisional Headquarters on the first day.
Our next stop is at the Helsum Memorial. This is one of the most original memorials on the battlefield being constructed entirely from equipment used in the operation. During our stop the actions of the 3 battalions of 1st Parachute Brigade, will be described.
Then to the Hartenstein Museum. This was Divisional Headquarters for the greater part of the battle.
A visit to the Museum and lunch. Lunch might be taken at the Schoonard Restaurant that was used as a dressing station during the battle.
Westerbouving. This the only commanding high ground on the battlefield and from this vantage point we will learn something of the attempts by 1st Polish Parachute Brigade and 2nd Dorset Regiment to cross the river and reinforce the bridgehead.
Oosterbeck Church. Here we will learn about Lonsdale Force and the stirring speech made by its commander. and drive on the river road pausing briefly to view the site of the action where Sergeant Baskeyfield of the South Staffordshire Regiment won his VC.
Saint Elizabeth Hospital. At this stand we will learn about the unsuccessful attempts by various battalions to fight their way to the bridge through the town and also visit the house where General Urquhart was forced to take refuge.
Finally we will drive through Arnhem town to the John Frost Bridge where the story of the gallant action by 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment in its defence.
Day 04– Monday 16th October, 2022
Depart Hotel and drive to the Oosterbeck CWG Cemetery where most of the British dead from this battle are buried., where we shall lay a wreath. We will then have some time to walk around the town of Arnhem before returning to Brussels.
16.00 (tba) Eurostar to St Pancras arrive circa 17.00
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