Allied Paratroopers Operation Market Garden

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 – 25 SEPTEMBER 1944: NIJMEGEN AND GRAVE 17 – 20 SEPTEMBER 1944 (B 10174) Nijmegen and Grave 17 – 20 September 1944: British engineers removing the charge which the Germans had set in readiness to blow the Nijmegen bridge. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193889

 

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 – 25 SEPTEMBER 1944 (EA 38567) Nijmegen and Grave 17 – 20 September 1944: The bridge at Nijmegen after it had been captured by the 82nd (US) Airborne Division, 17 – 20 September 1944. A dead German SS officer lies where he fell during the attack. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193886

(only the SS wore the mottled camouflage pattern being worn by the soldier)

 

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 – 25 SEPTEMBER 1944 (EA 38132) Dutch children greet paratroopers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, US 101st Airborne Division, shortly after they landed on DZ ‘B’ near Son, 17 September 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193883

 

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THE BRITISH AIRBORNE DIVISION AT ARNHEM AND OOSTERBEEK IN HOLLAND (HU 3722) British Airborne troops in Nijmegen after they had been evacuated from Arnhem. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205084687

 

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45 (BU 4132) The grave of a British soldier who was killed during Operation Market Garden in 1944, lies alongside the wreckage of his jeep near Arnhem, 18 April 1945. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205203309

 

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45 (B 10172) Cromwell tanks of 2nd Welsh Guards crossing the bridge at Nijmegen, 21 September 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205202529

 

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 – 25 SEPTEMBER 1944 (EA 44531) Nijmegen and Grave 17 – 20 September 1944: Allied tanks of British XXX Corps cross the road bridge at Nijmegen during its capture. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193888

 

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45 (B 10131) Cromwell tanks of Guard’s Armoured Division drive along ‘Hell’s Highway’ towards Nijmegen during Operation ‘Market-Garden’, 20 September 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205202520

 

THE BRITISH AIRBORNE DIVISION AT ARNHEM AND OOSTERBEEK IN HOLLAND (MH 2062) An aerial view of the vital bridge at Arnhem, taken immediately after the operation. This shows more clearly the wrecked German vehicles at the north end of the bridge. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205084668

 

THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945: THE ALLIED CAMPAIGN IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE JUNE 1944 – MAY 1945: THE BRITISH AIRBORNE DIVISION AT ARNHEM AND OOSTERBEEK IN HOLLAND (MH 2061) Aerial view of the bridge over the Neder Rijn, Arnhem; British troops and armoured vehicles are visible at the north end of the bridge. Had General Montgomery’s ambitious scheme for seizing the Rhine bridges succeeded the war in Europe might have been shortened by many months. In the event, however, back-up forces were unable to come up quickly enough to enable the advanced airborne troops to hold… Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193321

 

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ – THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM, SEPTEMBER 1944 (BU 1099) 3-inch mortar team of No.23 Mortar (Handcarts) Platoon of Support Company, 1st Border Regiment, 1st Airborne Division, in action in the Oosterbeek perimeter, 21 September 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205192004

 

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ – THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM, SEPTEMBER 1944 (BU 1101) No. 1 Gun (a 75mm howitzer) of ‘D’ Troop, 2nd Battery, 1st Airlanding Light Regiment, 1st Airborne Division in the Oosterbeek perimeter, 21 September 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205203181

 

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 – 25 SEPTEMBER 1944 (HU 2129) Arnhem 17 – 25 September 1944: British paratroops being marched away by their German captors. Some 6,400 of the 10,000 British paratroops who landed at Arnhem were taken prisoner, a further 1,100 had been killed. (German photograph). Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205086963

 

OPERATION ‘MARKET GARDEN’ (THE BATTLE FOR ARNHEM): 17 – 25 SEPTEMBER 1944 (HU 2126) Arnhem 17 – 25 September 1944: A German infantry battalion on alert as they search the suburbs of Arnhem for Allied troops, September 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193895

British Imperturbability: Grenadiers Guards Under Fire At Dunkirk

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The Grenadier Guards rehearse for Trooping the Colour to celebrate the Queen’s birthday on June 12. Captain Alex Rawlins inspecting the men of *Nijmegen Company, 1 Grenadier Guards at Wellington Barracks before moving onto Horseguards for the Trooping the Colour rehearsals.


caption from London Daily Telegraph with photo by Heathcliff O’Malley 

 

At Dunkirk  end May 1940

“…We went straight into the Mole (a long wooden pier) at Dunkirk, which was under shell fire from the Germans. We took off what was left of the Guards. They marched down the Mole in threes and in step. The NCO said, ‘Guards, halt,  Guards, left turn, Guards will embark.’ I think there were about 1000 of them and they embarked under fire in about 20 minutes…when the ship began to leave the Guards began to clean their weapons and get ready for action…The Guards paraded on the quay side at Dover and marched to the trains. Unshaven, tired out, very strained indeed with rifles spotless. In my opinion the finest soldiers in the world….”

from the diary of Lt-Col. P.B. Longdon, MD. RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corp). as cited in Dunkirk: the Great Escape by A.J. Barker

 

* “Nijmegen Company… is an independent company which was created when the 2nd Battalion was placed into suspended animation as a result of the 1993 round of defence cuts. Nijmegen Company carries the Colours of the 2nd Battalion and maintains its customs and traditions.”

from the website of the Grenadier Guards. www.grengds.com/

 

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Ceremonial Guard by Nijmegan Company of the Grenadier Guards await the arrival of Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib, 14 July 2011. (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

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Grenadier Guards manning an emplacement at Modder River after the Battle of Magersfontein

(photo courtesy www.britishbattles.com/battle-of-magersfontein/)