On the 6th June 1944 Allied Forces launched Operation Overlord; the long awaited invasion to free the countries of Europe from German occupation. Three months after the success of Overlord, from September the 17th to the 25th, Field Marshal Montgomery initiated the largest Airborne Assault in the history of warfare. Codename: Operation Market Garden.
Circumnavigating the Siegfried Line, Operation Market Garden was to establish the northern end of a pincher attack on the German industry in the Ruhr. Bridgeheads across the Meuse, Waal and the Lower Rhine were to be taken by Airborne Assault. Delays in securing other bridges at Son en Breugel and Nijmegen delayed the reinforcements, allowing the rallying German units time to counter attack and retake the critical last bridge of Arnhem. Market Garden had failed in its ultimate intention of ending the War before Christmas 1944.
75 years ago in Gelderland, a large number of temporary airfields and other infrastructure and logistical locations where established in support of the allied troops advance.