Soldiers who took part in Operation Market Garden in September 1944 to try to take strategic bridges near Nijmegen and Arnhem are welcomed every year.
The failed operation, which was mounted to shorten the war, was depicted in the film A Bridge Too Far.
They come form the United Kingdom, the United States and Poland.
The 1st Airborne Division was an airborne infantry division of the British Army during the Second World War. The division was formed in late 1941 during World War II.
XXX Corps (30 Corps) was a corps of the British Army during the Second World War. It fought in Normandy, the Netherlands and Germany from June 1944 until May 1945. The Guards Armoured Division was an armoured division of the British Army during the Second World War.
The All American division was constituted, originally as the 82nd Division, in the National Army on 5 August 1917, shortly after the American entry into World War I.
The 101st Airborne Division was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord (the D-Day landings and airborne landings on 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France), Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands and its action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium.
The 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade was a parachute infantry brigade of the Polish Armed Forces in the West under the command of Major General Stanisław Sosabowski, created in September 1941 during the Second World War and based in Scotland.
During 1944, the Guards Armoured Division was withdrawn from the line to prepare for Operation Market Garden. They formed the spearhead of the attacks into the Netherlands, with the Grenadier Guards managing to seize the Nijmegen Bridge with the help of the US 82nd Airborne Division.Following this they spent the winter in the Netherlands and Germany, before being moved into Belgium as a reserve against the Battle of the Bulge. The infantry of the Welsh Guards were also replaced by the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, due to a severe lack of replacements in the British Army at the time.
In 1994, the Grenadier Guards was reduced to a single battalion, its colours passed to a newly formed company, "The Nijmegen Company".
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