Operation market garden.
September 17 and 18 september 1944.
The 4th Parachute Brigade, British and Polish airborne troops landed on this heath. There was much
resistance, because the Germans infiltrated in the borders of the Kings Own
Scottish Borderers. This was placed first with the simple inscription
'Luchtlanding 17-18 September 1944" (= Airborne Landing 17-18 September
1944". The municipality of Ede established in 1960 a monument for the
Airborne Landings with a simple eagle..
Ginkel Heath was in 1944 Drop zone-Y for
the 4th Parachute Brigade. In 1960 the municipality of Ede established this
wonderful monument with emblems from the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the
Parachute Regiment en the Pegasus-emblem. Across the street near this monument
stands Herberg (Hotel/Hostel) Zuid-Ginkel, one of the former 'headquarters' of
the Germans. Also dead men were buried there, but after the war they were
removed from there. Every year on saterday after September 17 soldiers of 10th
Battalion are dropped there. Sometimes there jump some veterans. They jump in
Hercules transporting planes with the beautiful, old-fashioned parachutes.
The Battle for Ginkel Heath
near Ede 17 and 18 September 1944
Even now, decades after the actual landing, the Battle of Arnhem Operation
Market Garden - still is seen as a most telling defeat by many people. The
fierce and bloody fighting for the bridges across the river Rhine is perhaps one
of the most widely known episodes in WWII history. Scores of books, newspaper
articles, documentaries and even some feature films have been dedicated to the
planning and execution of Field Marshal Montgomery’s plan of attack. As the
liberation of the northern part of Holland only seemed a matter of time, its
tragic outcome had traumatic consequences for all those who participated in the
fighting. The heroic and valiant actions by the British and Polish airborne
troops at the Arnhem road bridge and in the Oosterbeek perimeter, which latter
acted as bridgehead around the headquarters of the 1st British Airborne Division
at Hotel Hartenstein, are very well known. Less well-known are the events at
Ginkel Heath, east of Ede, where nearly two thousand British parachutists landed
on 18 September 1944, an event commemorated each year. In most written and oral
reports on the Battle of Arnhem, hardly any attention is paid to the fighting on
the heath near Ede.
Commemoration of 17-18 sept 1944
Pics 16 sept 2006 Ginkel Heath.
Camping on Zuid Ginkel
Reservation one month before the Commmemoration day