Hell’s Highway: Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands

On their advance north towards Nijmegen and Arnhem, the ground troops of Operation Market Garden had to deal with fierce opposition and frequent counterattacks. As a result of the serious delays, vital reinforcements could not reach the Arnhem bridge in time and Operation Market Garden failed. This day trip will lead you past locations of Operation Market Garden. During your trip you will learn about the battles the Allied troops fought in 1944. At the Liberation Route audio spots you can use your phone to listen to stories of historical events that occurred at these locations.


The Battle of the Scheldt, Zeeland and North-Brabant

By the last months of 1944 the Allies desperately needed a large harbour to supply their troops. They had captured Antwerp in Belgium with its ports intact in September, but they could not use the port while the German troops held the banks of the Scheldt. This meant that the Allies had to capture the Dutch province Zeeland. In the heavy fighting that ensued many lives were lost and enormous damage was done to the provinces Zeeland and North-Brabant by floods and fighting.


Operation Veritable and the Rhineland Offensive

Discover the terrain of Operation Veritable by bike or by car. Start your day trip with an extensive historical introduction at the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 in Groesbeek. Continue your discovery by following the route past the Liberation Route audio spots. Here you can use your phone to listen to stories of historical events that occurred during the Second World War. Operation Veritable was part of an Allied pincer-movement, the Rhineland Offensive, aiming to clear the area between the Rur river and the Rhine river of German forces.


The Battle of the Bulge in and around Bastogne

This programme will show you the traces of what happened during of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. First of all, you will go to the Bastogne Barracks where you can see exhibitions, reconstructions, and a large number of vehicles. You will then visit the Bastogne War Museum where you can learn what happened through the story of four characters. After that, you will head to the small village of Foy, where you can still see actual ‘fox holes’. Then, you will visit the German military cemetery of Recogne. Finally, a visit to ‘Peace Wood’ will remind you of the U.S.


In the footsteps of the British in Normandy

The British forces arrived in Normandy on the night of 5 June 1944. This route allows you to discover their movements in Calvados. Start by visiting the Memorial of Caen, which will present the general context for D-Day. Then leave for Bayeux and finish your first day with the visit of the British military cemetery.

After a night in Bayeux, continue your tour with the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy in the morning and the D-Day Landing Museum of Arromanches in the afternoon which will present the construction of Port Winston.


The must see in Normandy

If you only have one day to explore the history of the Normandy Landings and the Battle of Normandy there are three essential sites to visit for an overview.

Start by visiting the Memorial of Caen City of History for Peace, which offers a reflection on Peace. This memorial will present the history of the Second World War as a whole, as well as the subsequent conflicts.


In the footsteps of the Soviet troops in Berlin

The tour begins with a visit to the Seelow Heights Memorial Site and Museum. The permanent exhibition documents the April 1945 battle between Soviet troops and the Wehrmacht on the historic site. Continue by car to Berlin. In Berlin-Karlshorst, at the headquarters of the Soviet military administration in Germany, the Wehrmacht signed the unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945. Today the building houses the German-Russian Museum. Apart from the Capitulation Room, you can also tour the permanent exhibition recalling the war of annihilation against the Soviet Union.


The Liberation of Cherbourg Harbour

Begin this itinerary in the Utah Beach area, with tours of the Airborne Museum and the Utah Beach D-Day Museum. They will show you the role of American airborne and of infantry troops in the liberation of Cherbourg Harbour, and how the port of Cherbourg was key to the success of Operation Overlord. Afterwards you could spend the night in the area.


Remains of the Atlantic Wall in Normandy

The construction of the Atlantic Wall begins in 1942 with the objective of building 15,000 defensive structures along the shores of the North Sea, the English Channel and the Atlantic. Numerous vestiges are still visible along the Normandy coasts today and you can discover different places of German positions.


Following the Airborne Troops in Normandy

The D-Day landing operation began on the night of 5 June with the release of three Airborne Divisions on both sides of the front: the Americans in the Manche department and the British in the Calvados department.



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