In September 1944 more than ten thousand British and Polish Airbome troops fought in and around Arnhem. Their objective was to take the Rhine bridge. Six hundred of them managed to reach the bridge. Waiting for reinforcements they fought for four days holding the Northern ramp. The rest of the force, however, didn't succeed in reaching them. Those held out for five more days at Oosterbeek before finally making their way across the Rhine to Allied held ground. Only 2.293 made it back to England.
During the battle the Hartenstein hotel in Oosterbeek was the headquarters of the British divisional commander, Major-General R.E. Urquhart. The Airborne Museum is situated in this very building. There you can follow the events of the battle as they materialised: from the air landings, the march to the bridge, the fierce fighting in Arnhem and Oosterbeek, to the crossing of the river. British and German arms, equipment and ammunition, abandoned at Arnhem some dug up in later times, authentic film footage, true to life dioramas and an audiovisual presentation make a penetrating picture of the tragedy for which Amhem and Oosterbeek were the stage in September 1944.
Oosterbeek War Cemetery
Shaded by trees this cemetery, the final resting place for 1700 British, Polish and Canadian soldiers, is quiet and peaceful, very solemn and one of the Netherlands most moving World War II memorials.
A directory near the gate locates the burial plots for soldiers who were indentified.
Villa Hartenstein was just one of many big houses in Oosterbeek, until general Urquhart made it his headquarters in September 1944. It's now a museum about the battle.
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