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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.

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Province of Limburg and Liberation of the Netherlands

A tour by bike or car past locations in the sloping landscape of Southern Limburg where you will learn about the beginning of the liberation of the Netherlands and the sacrifices made to accomplish it. At the Liberation Route audio spots you can use your phone to listen to stories of historical events that occurred during the Second World War. Early in the morning on 12 September 1944, approximately three months after the Normandy landings, the American 30th Infantry Division, nicknamed 'Old Hickory', crossed the Belgian border into the Netherlands just above Visé.

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Following Market Garden, the Venray area & Overloon

After the failure of Operation Market Garden in September 1944, the Allies attempted to widen the corridor they had conquered from Belgium to Nijmegen. In the east, they encountered fierce German resistance around Overloon. The area was difficult to access due to the many canals and brooks and incessant rainfall made maneuvering the heavy tanks even more difficult. This day trip will lead you past locations that tell stories of war and the later reconciliation between the Netherlands and Germany.

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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.

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The Battle of Arnhem

This tour by bike or car will lead you past the important locations from the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. At the Liberation Route audio spots you can use your phone to listen to stories of historical events that occurred during the Second World War. To ensure the success of Operation Market Garden, the Allied forces had to capture the bridge in Arnhem. But the light-armed airborne forces did not stand a chance against two SS-Panzer Divisions that happened to be in the area. After desperate fighting and many casualties the Arnhem bridge proved to be ‘a bridge too far’.

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The Battle of Nijmegen

The city of Nijmegen played an important role in Operation Market Garden. With two bridges across the Waal river it was vital for the Allied advance towards Arnhem and Germany later on. On 20 September 1944 U.S. troops managed to capture both bridges and liberate the city. Discover the battles that were fought to capture the bridges over the Waal in Nijmegen by bike or by car. You will also learn about the disastrous bombing of Nijmegen. At the Liberation Route audio spots you can use your phone to listen to stories of historical events that occurred in that location.

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The Huertgen Forest and the “Ochsenkopf Trail”

Visit the Huertgen Forest, which was the first battlefield on German ground near the end of the Second World War. In a short walking tour the history of 1944/1945 will become visible. The story of Robert Cahow will give a civilian perspective to this military history.

Cahow volunteered to save his injured comrades, but he stepped on a mine and died on 13 December 1944 in the Huertgen Forest. Cahow's remains were discovered in 2000.

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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.

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Wageningen, the City of Liberation

Walk through Wageningen, the city that symbolises peace and freedom. At the Liberation Route audio spots you can use your phone to listen to stories of historical events that occurred during the Second World War. On 5 May 1945 German Commander General Blaskowitz met with Canadian General Foulkes in ‘Hotel de Wereld’ in Wageningen. There they negotiated and signed the surrender document for all German forces in the Netherlands. The occupation of the Netherlands had come to an end.

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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.

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