Theatres of War - WWII - Arnhem
Below is some information on the battle of Arnhem. Were your ancestors part of the battle? It also includes the regiments involved in the battle of Arnhem with some suggested websites that may be of interest in researching your ancestors or genealogy in general.
Description: The battle of Arnhem, also known as Operation Market Garden, was a mixed British and Polish infantry drop behind enemy lines in the Netherlands which took place between 17-26 September 1944. The objective was to secure several key bridges and town along the German line and allow the allies to punch through to the river Rhine. The action was characterised by inaccurate drops, causing unnecessary casualties and confusion amongst the allies. They also met much heavier resistance than expected and the main body of allied troops was slower to advance to the Rhine than expected. Whilst pockets of the 1st Airborne Division held out for a number of days they were heavily outnumbered and they had to be withdrawn after nine days, losing nearly 75% of its number. The result was a victory for the Germans.
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