Arnhem 1945 (liberation) 2013 Then & Now

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by koos24, May 19, 2013.

  1. koos24

    koos24 Member

    At the Battle of Arnhem you think initially at Market Garden in 1944 and not the fights that the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division (nicknamed Polar Bears) conducted 12 and April 13, 1945

    It is now 68 years since the fighting took place i made a Then & Now


    One of the most famous photos taken at Willemsplein

    The town and surrounding streets



    The railroad bridge twice


    Bomb damage to the city




    Industrial area Kleefsewaard and the Cattepoelseweg



    Along the Rhine


    The Rhine bridge in September 1944 scene of heavy fighting




    Railway bridge near Driel, on the other side lies Oosterbeek
    Clearly visible the bullet impacts

    Villages in the area


    Oosterbeek (Weverstraat)





    Photos from the occupation

    1943 (Velperplein)
    1943 (Velperbuitensingel)
  2. Owen

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  3. koos24

    koos24 Member

  4. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    Great pictures Koos thanks
    regards lofty
  5. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Well done Koos! Great work. I have a topic on Operation Anger on my wish-list. Maybe we should join forces?
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery


    excellent thread
    thank you for your time and trouble

  7. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Brilliant photos Koos.
    I wish I could get to Arnhem again but too busy with other things at the moment.
  8. JhpN

    JhpN Member

    Great Pictures!
    I went two years ago with my dad and i was amazed at how different modern Arnhem is compared to 1944, during the battle. There was so much devastation for just a bridge. The British attempts to get their men to the bridge and secure both sides, and the Germans' successful efforts to isolate pockets of resistance makes the battle an interesting one to learn about.
    Koos24, did you visit the Hartenstein Hotel/Museum? It's very good.
  9. koos24

    koos24 Member

    I live in Arnhem, Oosterbeek is near by and the battlefields and I visit regularly.
    This photo I made this weekend


    17 september near by dropping zone X
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  10. PaulE

    PaulE Senior Member

    Thank you for posting about the " Second " battle of Arnhem , unfortunately the capture of the city by the Polar Bears is nearly always ignored !!
  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Hi all,

    Sorry to "necro" such an old thread, but - what great pictures!

    I have a question about one of the photo pairs...


    What actually is this building? It looks quite intriguing.
  12. Pompey Pal

    Pompey Pal Member

    Great set of pictures. Thanks for taking the time to put this thread together.
  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I agree, it really is a phenomenal set of photos and research. :)
  14. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Yes, great set of photos.
    Nice to see the Sherman flails of A Sqn, 1st Lothians. Hadn't seen these images before
  15. mark abbott

    mark abbott Junior Member

    A fantastic post; very many thanks.
  16. Nineteen44

    Nineteen44 Member

    Very nice Koos, great to see those now and then images.

    Thank you.
  17. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Well, Arnhem has been knocked about a bit in those b&w shots, but with the clean up they've inherited Coca Cola and Disney.

    I think on balance I might opt for the craters.

    Great photographs.
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  18. Nick Burch

    Nick Burch New Member

    just returned from Arnhem area, there seem's to be no memorial or info board at J O E 's Bridge, is there a reason?
  19. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    There is a thread called "Joe's Bridge - Memorial gone! ". I posted some photos 19 September 2014. I can't copy a link at the moment. It's a short walk but not the bridge itself. I'll do it in the morning.
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  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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