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Market Garden Veterans Association Nijmegen The Netherlands - Honor and remember the men and the events of Operation Market Garden in September 1944, lest we forget!


Letter of the Major of Nijmegen (pdf)

Letter of the Prime Minister (pdf)


Created in September 1942 under the command of Major General Stanisław Sosabowski. Operation Market Garden eventually saw the unit sent into action in support of the British 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. The Poles  jumped on 21 September at Driel on the South bank of the Rhine. The Poles suffered significant casualties during the next few days of fighting, but still were able to cause around 2,500 German troops to be diverted to deal with them for fear of their supporting the remnants of the 1st Airborne trapped over the lower Rhine in Oosterbeek.

CORA BALTUSSEN 1912-2005 Mother of the Brigade

During the Battle of Arnhem on 21 September 1944 in Driel, she was the first Dutch to meet the paratroopers of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade. As an employee of the Red Cross, she took care of the wounded. Cora continued to care for the wounded in Driel until the evacuation of the village at the beginning of October 1944.

She was one of the founders of the Driel-Poland Foundation. Two weeks after her death, the Dutch government decided to distinguish the Polish paratroopers with the Military Order of William, the decorations of which were issued by Queen Beatrix on 31 May 2006.


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