Wednesday September 17th it will be the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. Luckily, wednesday is my day off from studies, so I will be visiting the battlefields of Operation Market Garden (OMG)
I read up on Lloyd Clark’s Crossing The Rhine – Breaking into Nazi Germany 1944 and 1945 – The Greatest Airborne Battles in History. Clark perfectly describes how the ETO evolved, giving a great view of how the Germans were able to hold their ground after repeatedly falling back since the Normandy breakout. He compares the success of Operation Varisity with the failure of Operation Market Garden. The ignorance by generals, who knew the presence of enemy activity, played a big part in the failure of the operation. I highly suggest this book if you would like to know operation Market Garden in detail!
Thanks to my friend Ben Mcgregor I have a perfect overview of the area. He made a map filled with historical sites of the 1st, 82d and 101st Airborne Division and much more cool stuff!
All over the area you will be able to see historic vehicles, parachute droppings and small exhibitions. For a complete overview of the events during the week of the 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, check out http://www.marketgarden70.nl/en
On September 17th 2014, I will probably be in the area of Eindhoven/Nijmegen/Groesbeek, visiting various monuments & sites which I haven’t seen yet! If you would like to meet up with me, contact me through Facebook or Twitter: @Joedemadio.
See you on the field!