Information Panel Perimeter Route no. 2

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Perimeter Route
At several spots along this route are information panels that tell the story of the Battle of Arnhem during the Second World War.

On 17 and 18 September 1944 the 1st British Airborne Division landed to the north of Heelsum and on Ginkel Heath near Ede. Their orders were to capture the road bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem.
On the first day the landings were virtually unopposed and the troops were quickly organised. Towards sunset a number of soldiers reached the first houses in Oosterbeek and the next day divisional headquarters were set up in the Hartenstein hotel. Because of the ever-increasing German opposition just 740 men succeeded in reaching the bridge in Arnhem, where they held out until the 21st. The battle then moved to the area around the Hartenstein hotel, the so called perimeter. Soldiers of the technical service were photographed in the Hartenstein park. In the background is the tennis court in which some 200 captured Germans were imprisoned.

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