Arnhem Timeline

Arnhem Timeline

 

September 17th 1944 Operation Market Garden began. The British landing near Arnhem is met by heavy German resistance. The American 82nd Division captured its targets at Waals but met heavy resistance at Nijmegen.
September 18th 1944 A German counterattack stopped the Americans entering Nijmegen. The British landing zone near Arnhem was heavily attacked by Bittich's SS in an effort to stop further British landings.
September 19th 1944 The leading elements of the British 30th Corps reached the Americans at Nijmegen but all efforts to break through to the British at Arnhem fail.
September 20th 1944 The bridge at Nijmegen was captured by a combined US/GB assault.
September 21st 1944 The British paratroopers defending the northern end of the bridge at Arnhem were heavily attacked. Those British troops who did not get through to Arnhem formed a defensive barrier west of Oosterbeek.
September 22nd 1944 The advance of British tanks to relieve Arnhem was delayed  as a result of German attacks.
September 23rd 1944 Attempts by the Poles and troops of 30th Corps to cross the river at Arnhem failed.
September 25th 1944 The surviving British troops were evacuated but nearly 3000 were captured. Over 1,200 British troops were killed in a plan that went a 'bridge too far.'





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