British airborne veteran on the look out for his modern day buddies being air dropped on Ginkel Heath, near Arnhem in 2003 (Image © Marcel Burger)

Airheadsfly.com commemorates Market Garden

British airborne veteran on the look out for his modern day buddies being air dropped on Ginkel Heath, near Arnhem in 2003 (Image © Marcel Burger)
British airborne veteran on the look out for his modern day buddies being air dropped on Ginkel Heath, near Arnhem in 2003 (Image © Marcel Burger)

Airheadsfly.com commemorates Operation Market Garden this week. Our dedicated photographer Dennis Spronk joined the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division earlier this week when they showed how to take a strategic bridge in modern times, Saterday 20 September Dennis aims his camera at the airlift fleet that lifts of Eindhoven Airbase for the yearly paradrop on Ginkel Heath (Ginkelse Heide) near Arnhem.

In 1944 the allied operations in the Netherlands were well advancing. As part of World War 2 Operation Market Garden British paratroopers landed at the Ginkelse Heide (Ginkel Heath), municipality of Ede, province of Gelderland, the Netherlands (Nederland) at the 17th of September 1944. Their objective was to take the bridge over the river Rhine (Rijn) in the city of Arnhem, 8 miles (13 km) away.

A Bridge too Far
The paratroopers mission failed, and while part of the Netherlands was liberated the Arnhem ops became commonly known as A bridge too far – resulting in many stories, an impressive 1974 book by Cornelius Ryan that resulted in the classic 1977 war film with the same title directed by Richard Attenborough, the film icon who passed away on 24 August 2014.

Ground level
For many years veteran paratroopers of the 1940s remembered the drop near Ede by jumping again, followed by active Dutch and British paratroopers. In 2014 the very old remaining veterans of the jump watch the spectacle from ground level alone.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

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British paratroopers just after they left one of the Hercules aircraft deployed to commemorate Operation Market Garden near Arnhem in 2003 (Image © Marcel Burger)
British paratroopers just after they left one of the Hercules aircraft deployed to commemorate Operation Market Garden near Arnhem in 2003 (Image © Marcel Burger)