A day-to-day account of Operation Market Garden, as it happened in 1944. Written by Joris Nieuwint for Hells Highway tours.
The Airbornes are hard pressed around the perimeter at Oosterbeek, the Germans use heavy artillery and snipers combined with sharp attacks backed by armour to try and cut the perimeter in two. The Brits and Poles have a huge shortage of food, water, medicine and ammunition due to the fact that most of the supplies dropped fall into enemy hands. Only the long range artillery fire from XXX corps keeps the perimeter intact. It’s uncertain how long the perimeter can hold out.
Another attempt was made to ferry the polish paratroopers across the Rhine, followed by 5 Dorset and 7 Hampshire of the 43rd Wessex division. However there are only 16 boats available and just 250 Poles managed to get across and into the perimeter, the Dorsets and Hampshires can do nothing but wait and never even got close to the boats. During the crossing the Poles sustain very heavy casualties.
Eindhoven / Veghel
Late in the afternoon the allies manage to reopen the corridor at Veghel, persistent attacks from the 501st and the 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne and the 44 Royal Tank Regiment of the 32 Guards brigade manage to break up the blockade. It takes a while longer to clear the roads of destroyed vehicles but eventually the road is reopened and traffic once more flows towards Arnhem. At Eerde the 501st PIR stops German Assaults coming from Schijndel by German Paratroopers.
At the landing zones near Son the 907th Glider Field Artillery arrives with 105mm artillery pieces, this is a welcome addition to the division artillery.
In the morning the 82nd Airborne finally receives reinforcements. It’s 325th Glider infantry regiment arrives together with batteries from the 80th Airborne Antiaircraft battalion. 348 gliders land on Landingzone O at Overasselt.
The 508th PIR attacks from the waalbridge towards Erlecom along the South bank of the Waal River. Where their attack stalls is the frontline for the next few months with static warfare not unlike WWI.
By Joris Nieuwint / Hells Highway tours.