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Hi all, I went to Arnhem last Friday (hey its the 60 year memorial of operation Market Garden). Lotsof veterans and other people there this time, last time i went (half a year ago) there where only 50-60 people in the museum. (Airborne museum Hartenstein). I also hoped to be able to buy the book "it never snows in september" ( "est schneit nicht im september") but unfortutatly none of the shops including the museum shop sold it anymore :( . Now i will have to order it online although i was hoping on having a look at the book itself before buying it though. I went on Friday because i expected even more visitors and tourists during the weekend (Saturday and Sunday). They had spme special events and Saturday (paras coming down, willys crossing the bridge etc.) and sunday (remembering of those who fall, at the Airborne cemetery). I took 130 pictures in total, here is a small selection of them: (Click to enlarge) #1 th_AAAA0001.jpg My car on the left, standing right besides a willy. #2 th_AAAA0003.jpg Close-up of the willy #3 th_AAAA0006.jpg Sherman (bah, i accidently moved the camera) #4 th_AAAA0009.jpg Some veterans + 1 reinactor standing behind a 25 pounder (bah, i accidently moved the camera again) #5 th_AAAA0010.jpg Two para in jumping dress #6 th_AAAA0011.jpg Close up of the para on the right #7 th_AAAA0017.jpg Diaroma of a landing site (for gliders -duh-). #8 th_AAAA0032.jpg #9 th_AAAA0035.jpg -grrr- #10 th_AAAA0036.jpg #11 th_AAAA0037.jpg #12 th_AAAA0047.jpg #13 th_AAAA0049.jpg #14 th_AAAA0050.jpg Pictures of the Diorama of the Arnhem Bridge, this diaroma is almost 100% (95% for sure) correct! Notice the flak ontop of the right bridgekeepershouse and all the vehicles which whee destroyed during Gräbners failed atempt to cross the bridge. #15 th_AAAA0061.jpg MG on tripot + other guns on the wall #16 th_AAAA0062.jpg MG 42 #17 th_AAAA0065.jpg #18 th_AAAA0064.jpg German (waffen SS) uniforms. #19 th_AAAA0067.jpg Flamethrower! #20 th_AAAA0066.jpg Some SS (indifcation) tags/flags #21 th_AAAA0070.jpg German grenades (egg and "steel-handgranate" = "stick-grenate") #22 th_AAAA0069.jpg Mobile radio (sent) instalation. (lol) #23 th_AAAA0071.jpg Polish para. #24 th_AAAA0076.jpg Diorama with John frost and others somewhere in a dutch house. #25 th_AAAA0078.jpg A reinacting group #26 th_AAAA0083.jpg 25 pounder antitank gun. #27 th_AAAA0086.jpg Some american vehicles drving around time (made a lot of noice with their tracks on the aspalth). #27 th_AAAA0089.jpg -forgot the name- #28 th_AAAA0090.jpg The arnhem bridge, so close... look nazis on the left! ratatatata. oops, that where no nazis that wher epolice officers :p. #29 th_AAAA0091.jpg The northbank with bridgekeepershouse, unfortunatly not the original bridgekeepers house (that one contained a lot of glass, and no 9 mm flak ontop of it either). #30 th_AAAA0094.jpg Me down the staircase (ehich run through the bridgekeepershouse) up to bridge itself. It looked exactly the same in 1944. #31 th_AAAA0097.jpg Me sitting on on top of a part of the steel concstruction forming the bridge. #32 th_AAAA0098.jpg Stairs leading down to streetlevel, an ambulance passes (on the bicycle path) to an accident further down the cycling path on the bridge. #33 th_AAAA0102.jpg Pic taken from the south towards the city. #34 th_AAAA0103.jpg Me again. #35 th_AAAA0107.jpg Stairs leading down to the road level, you can see this stairs in the diarma with the soldiers hiding behinf the small walls. #36 th_AAAA0113.jpg This map shows the current city layout with the layout of 1944 drawn in red on top of it. #37 th_AAAA0121.jpg Photo taken from the 84 meter high tower of the Eusebius church, you can see the walburg church. This pic is taken towards the west. The airborne memorial square is also clearly visibile right of the walburg church. #37 th_AAAA0125.jpg Viaduct leading up to the bridge #38 th_AAAA0126.jpg The bridge, this would make an excellent recon position, although the tower was somewhat lower in 1944 (don't know how hight though). This thread will be moved to the offtopic forum later this day




Rikupsoni

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#2 14 years ago

Nice pics.




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#3 14 years ago

Looks very nice...hehe police officers




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#4 14 years ago

Nice, I saw some willies jeeps here too, and a US staff car.




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#5 14 years ago
'[11PzGmatyast']Looks very nice...hehe police officers[/QUOTE] My MG42 did take good care of them :naughty: [QUOTE=lightningNL]Nice, I saw some willies jeeps here too, and a US staff car.

Too bad that there where no german reinactors or german (staff) cars. That would be even better theb all those willies...




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#6 14 years ago

You missed the coolest part. Wednesday there was a air show above the bridge. Didn't even know it, I thought what's that noise and wrooommm a WW2 fighter came low over the city.




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#7 14 years ago

wow, it is spooky seeing that bridge.

It's weird to think that something as ho-hum as a bridge was crucial in this battle 60 years ago. Kinda blows my mind...

how did it feel for you to be there?




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#8 14 years ago

very cool :)




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#9 14 years ago
zero_zeroYou missed the coolest part. Wednesday there was a air show above the bridge. Didn't even know it, I thought what's that noise and wrooommm a WW2 fighter came low over the city.[/QUOTE] bah! You lucky bastard! I need to waste 1 hour and twenty minutes to drive to Arnhem while you can see everything from your window. bah! I will have to go back to Arnhem to visit the Gelders Archief to get some more info on the buildings around the bridge, don't feel like driving there this week or ext week for that matter though. Cant we swap houses for a week or so? It would be awesome to have all the data within hands reach. :p [QUOTE=schmoppa]wow, it is spooky seeing that bridge. It's weird to think that something as ho-hum as a bridge was crucial in this battle 60 years ago. Kinda blows my mind... how did it feel for you to be there?

I have been in Arnhem before about six months ago (and when i was a six year old when my parents visit old friends in Arnhem south). Too bad that the layout around the bidge isn't the same as in 1944. It feels... well you cant really imagen that they fought there, if the old buildings still stood there (well they would have to be rebuild since most where bombed or burned down) it would be far more easy to imagen how those Brits tried to capture and hold the bridge. Its cool nonetheless to walk over the bridge.




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#10 14 years ago

I just knew you were gonna make a thread about this.. it was all over the newspapers (yeah this is "big" news in Holland).




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