LRE Operation Market Garden

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Take the Spirit of Remembrance Operation “Market Garden” tour and you will understand the thinking behind Field Marshal Montgomery's daring attempt to cross the lower River Rhine using airborne forces and ground troops. Our tour is a tribute to the men who fought so heroically, often against impossible odds, and the Dutch people who helped them.

Throughout your tour your guide will be on hand to put a human face on the historic battle and tell the story of the young men who fought to liberate Holland in 1944.

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DAY ONE - THURSDAY
Meet  your Guide at Brussels Midi and start your journey towards Nijmegan.

Check in to hotel and enjoy a relaxed dinner.
Accommodation: Nijmegen area
Meals: D

 

DAY TWO – FRIDAY
Breakfast in hotel. Depart hotel with packed lunch.

The day will include visits to

  • Grave Bridge & the  area where the 82nd (US) Airborne Division were involved;  
  • the Groesbeek 82nd (US) Airborne Division Drop Zones/Landing Zones;
  • Drop Zones for 504, 505and 508 Regiments and 1st Airborne Corps
  • the National Liberation Museum at Groesbeek Heights (admission included).

We have a packed lunch provided and then move on to the

  • Groesbeek Memorial
  • Canadian Cemetery
  • the Jonkerbos War Cemetery Valkhof, Nijmegen to look at the Battle for Nijmegen Bridge and the Waal crossing from the south by the 82nd (US) Airborne Division and the Guards Armoured Div.

Dinner included.
Accommodation: Nijmegen area

Meals: B L D 


DAY THREE – SATURDAY

Breakfast in the hotel.

Depart hotel with packed lunches for your tour.

We begin by travelling to Elst (Guards Armoured Division/43rd Wessex Div) and the A50 to the Arnhem area.

We will visit Drop Zone X and Landing Zones S & Z. This involves looking at the actions of 1st Para Brigade, elements of HQ 1st Airborne Division, the advance party of 4th Para Brigade and 12th Air landing Brigade.

 We hope to be able to watch the commemorative ceremonies & parachute drop at Ginkel Heide, (weather dependent). We take a picnic lunch in the area.

The Airborne program starts at 09.30 hrs and ends at 16.30 hrs. At Ginkel Heath at 10.00 hrs over 700 parachutists will land. After this Mass Drop the official commemoration starts. After this the parachute drops will continue at 14.00 hrs until 16.30 hrs.

English parachutists of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, soldiers of the 11th Air Manouvre Brigade from The Netherlands, para’s from America and several NATO countries and many Pathfinders will jump from Hercules and Dakota’s

This afternoon we pass by the Wolfheze Crossroads, scene of the ambush of Recce Squadron of 1st PARA, and the 3rd PARA’s route as we make our way to Hartenstein Hotel, HQ of 1st Airborne Division.

We will visit:

  • Airborne Museum (admission included)
  • the 2nd PARA’s route to the Bridge
  • Arnhem Bridge and examine the Fight for the Bridge (2 Para, elements 3 Para & 1 Para Sqn RE).  There will be an opportunity to explore bridge and immediate area.

Return to hotel where we will have dinner.

Accommodation: Nijmegen area
Meals:                    B L D

DAY FOUR - SUNDAY
Breakfast in hotel we depart for Oosterbeek.

Today you will be part of an exceptionally special commemoration which takes place each year, on the first Sunday after September 17th at 1100 to honour of the 1,750 Allied soldiers who are buried in the Oosterbeek War Cemetery. Traditionally, the school children, known as the “flower children”, from the Renkum municipality lay flowers at the gravestones. Following the service we will stop for a picnic lunch.

After lunch, we move onto Dreijenseweg where 4th Para Brigade landed, as did the Polish gliders. Here 156 Para Battalion reached the limit of their advance, and both Captain L Queripel and Flt Lt Lord won the VC. We then move on to Valkenburglaan and study the 4th Para Brigade’s battle to re-join 1st Airborne Division.

After this we take a tour around the Oosterbeek defensive perimeter to see some of the scenes of the action, taking in the actions of the 1st Borders at Koude Herberg crossroads, the Oosterbeek ‘MDS’Crossroads and the Tafelberg Hotel which was Model’s HQ and later a dressing station. We also visit Benedendorpsweg with theThompson/Lonsdale Force, where Lance Sergeant J Baskeyfield of the South Staffords won the VC, then moving onto the actions of the 1st Light Regiment RA, 1st & 3rd PARA’s at Oosterbeek Church.

At Westerbouwing Heights we look at the event involving B Company, 1st Borders on Tuesday 19 September 1944, 1st Polish Brigade on Thursday 21 September and 4th Dorsets on 24/25 September. We conclude with the evacuation river crossing on the night of 25/26 September.

Return to Hotel and dinner in hotel.

Accommodation: Nijmegen area
Meals: B L D

DAY FIVE - MONDAY
Breakfast in hotel then check out of hotel and return gto Brussels

Accommodation: None
Meals: B

 

Highlights

Highlights include:

  • Grave Bridge battle
  • Groesbeek heights (and the National Liberation Museum)
  • The battle for Nijmegen
  • Tour of Arnhem Dropping/Landing Zones
  • British 1st Airborne Division HQ - Airborne Museum
  • Attend commemoration ceremonies at Oosterbeek CWGC Cemetery, where local children will *place flowers on the graves of those who died (*If tour date(s) operate on September anniversary)

Throughout your tour your guide will be on hand to put a human face on the historic battle and tell the story of the brave young men who fought – and died - to liberate Holland in 1944.

Included in the tour:

  • Executive mini coach with DVD and air conditioning throughout tour
  • Military historian and experienced guide throughout tour originating in Lille
  • 4 nights at the Golden Tulip val Monte, Berg  en Dai near Nijmegen
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 Dinners
  • 3 Packed Lunches
  • Tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Dedicated tour webpage including details of accommodation and tour
  • Social media presentation including original filmfootage, images and historical background
  • Group forum available with photo gallery where group members can ask your guide questions
  • Links through to in-depth research and a wealth of background information

 

Route

  1. Lille