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On September 20th, after days of heavy fighting, the surrounded British paras at Arnhem bridge have to finally surrender.
Lack of ammo, heavy losses and no hope of help coming soon makes it impossible to fight on.
Other troops in the surrounding areas are also taking heavy loses and are now retreating behind the rivers.
Getting out as many man as possible is now the priority.

The allies have come far, liberating big pieces of The Netherlands in the proces, but failing to reach Arnhem bridge means the plan has failed.
The hope of crusing Germany before the end of the year is crused itself .
It has become obvious that the expected collaps of german resistance isn't happening, at least for now.

One other consequence of this failed attack is that it's now absolutely neacessary to clear the Westerschelde banks of german troops, an operation that won't be easy.

Planning has allready begun , but the germans have plans of their own. Several polders have been inundated , forcing attackers to cling to the dikes as all other terrain has flooded.
This enabled the german defenders to concentrate their forces on these accespoints.

Altough operation Market-Garden didn't lead to capturing the Arnhem bridge it did lead to big parts of the Netherlands being liberated.
In respect for the sacrifice that the paras made, the ,new, Arnhem bridge that was build after the war is called the John Frost bridge, after the commanding officer of the paras who fought and died in Arnhem.

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3 weeks ago

The Battle of Arnhem bridge may be lost but big parts of The Netherlands were liberated.
The allies are putting an end to operation Market-Garden and many high ranking officers are looking to put the blame on anyone.
Fact is that the plan was over ambitious and ill prepaired.
However, 1 big plus is that a crossing over the river Meuse was taken and held.

Meanwhile, The Netherlands was virtually cut in half and in the still occupied northern half the situation for the Dutch people is getting worse .
The Dutch gouvernement in exile had ordered a general strike at the railways, which had been runnig fairly well up till now, when Market-Garden started.
In retalliation the Germans blocked the transport of food and coal. This combined with the loss of the Dutch coalmines in the south, led to fuel shortiges.

Reaching furter north into the Netherlands wasn't a priority as it had no real strategic purpose other than cutting of a part of the german army.
The south-west however was a priority as Antwerp harbour was desperatly needed.
Preperations for the attacks are nearing completion.

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1 week ago

In the last couple of weeks the main focus of the allies has shifted from the battle of Arnhem to freeing the Westerschelde from german occupation, thus making the Port of Antwerp usable.

Several actions have been going on , amongst those: bombing the so called " Breskens pocket".
This was the erea around the small , Dutch, fishing port alled Breskens.
This town was of vital
importance, as it garded the acces to the delta.
The german army had made heavy fortifications here and the bombardement was intended to ease up the way for the Canadian forces asigned to taking this pocket.
The airforce attacked the harbour but unfortunately many bombs fell into residential ereas.
This was worsend by the fact that the leaflets, spread earlier, which warned for the attack where dropped elswhere.
This resulted in over 180 deaths, a defastating number in this small community.

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6 days ago

Vox, I'm really enjoying these posts from the Dutch perspective.

Can't wait to see what happens next... will the allies win? Will the Germans launch a counter offensive and send the allies back over the channel. I'm on the edge of my seat. :lol:
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1 day ago

Canadian troops are still attacking on the northern banks of the Westerschelde river. Progress on the heavely defended, inundated terrain is painfully slow and costely. Today , Oktober 13 th , is a particularly sad day. The Black Watch, a batalion of the Canadian 5th infantry brigade took so much losses it almost cheased to exist and today came to be known as "Black Friday".
However, slowly, but surely, the allies fought their way towards Woensdrecht.
This village was the key to entering the Zuid-Beveland and Walcheren peninsula, which formed the northern bank of the Westerschelde. This also means that the german army has more and more trouble getting suplies to de defending troops.

In the South-Eastern province of Limburg the Allies are also still making progress and, save some of the most Northern parts, the province is almost completely liberated. These last villages will be taken in the coming few days , making Limburg the first province to be completely liberated.

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