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“Operation Market Garden 2014” has started planning in 2011 and today appr. 30 persons are preparing this huge, ones in a life time, event. On Sunday 14 september appr. 600 military historic vehicles will start to drive from Leopoldsburg Belgium towards basecamp Veghel Netherlands. On Saturday 20 september the convoy will take off towards Arnhem. The convoy will follow the footsteps of the allied forces known as “Hell’s Highway”. The convoy will be divided in three battalions where one battalion will be a full gear reenactment one. This battalion will operate under military structure divided in four companies e.g. XXX-corps, 101st AB, 82nd AB and 1st Airborne. The other two battalions will have room for all non reenactment participants. There are also amphibia actions and C47 skytrain jumps planned. During this week several activities will be organised on the basecamp and in the surroundings. The basecamp is located spot on former Hell’s Highway. You will also have room to visit historic locations and museums which you can find at www.liberationroute.com. Veterans, commemorations, and festivities will be the word in this week. The organizers are in close contact with the organizers of the ABWO camp at Oosterbeek. Many Dutch military vehicle organisations and re-enactment organisations have committed for this event and are participating in the organisation. As this is a huge organisation effort subscription will be possible at the moment that all details are arranged. This is expected to be by the end of this year. As there is already many positive response there will no presubscription for this moment. Information can be found at www.OMG2014.nl . This website will be restyled by the end of February and will have a CMS to provide the latest news to participants by login. You can also like our facebook page Operation Market Garden 2014 to spread the word. See you all in Holland ! Operation Market Garden 2014 “Stories to remember”
The third day of Market Garden starts well, after the 101st Airbornes captured Eindhoven yesterday and XXXcorps linked up with them they were forced to halt and repair the Son bridge. By now the first tanks have crossed the repaired bridge and are well on their way to Grave to link up with the 82nd Airborne. The 101st Airborne tried to take the town of Best (to the west of Son) and is sucked into a battled that started went from a company sized attack to a regiment size attack. The outcome is still in doubt although the bridge (initial objective) has been blown by the Germans yesterday at noon. In Nijmegen there is little good news, the road and rail bridges are still in german hands after costly attacks by the brave men from the 82nd Airborne. Also the germans had to be forced of the dropzones where the second lift arrived yesterday, taking valuable reserves from the attack on the bridge. The hope is that with the combined power of the 82nd Airborne and XXXcorps the bridges will soon be in Allied hands. In Arnhem it gets only worse. Yesterday the second lift arrived hours late which gave them very few hours to actually do anything except land and regroup and thus giving the Germans even more time to bring in reinforcements. Also part of the second lift had to land in a raging battle causing extra casualties. The 1st and 3rd para battalion tried to get to the Arnhem bridge and reinforce the 2nd para battalion but failed to get through the german defence lines between Arnhem and Oosterbeek. At the bridge the 2nd para destroyed an SS reconissance group that tried to storm over the bridge. This was a great success but the paras spent a lot of ammunition which cannot be replaced. This morning at 04:30h the last desperate attempt by what remained of 1st and 3rd para, reinforced by the 11th Para and the South Staffords started towards the bridge. After initial succeses, the tide has turned and the attack has stalled. Currently it's unclear if they will be able to break through. Further to the north west the 4th parachute brigade tries to take the supply dropzones but has met stiff resistance.