Ginkel Heath.

Operation market garden.

On 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

Naar inhoud.