Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Operation "Market Garden" and the Battle of Arnhem - A Commemoration, Lest We Forget

On this day exactly seventy years ago, the largest airborne assault in history, to that time, occurred. Operation "Market Garden" commenced, and the ensuing Battle of Arnhem, began on 17 September 1944. As is self-evident the principal focus of this blog is on that battle.

The most significant portion of that courageous and magnificent failure was the action of the British 1st Airborne Division in the cities of Arnhem and Oosterbeek, The Netherlands. It is deemed fitting and proper that on this occasion their heroic and enduring feat of arms should be recalled and commemorated.

The British Army, based upon verified multiple eye-witness accounts and resultant recommendations, saw fit to acknowledge five specific individuals (four posthumously) for that nation's highest award for bravery, The Victoria Cross. The criteria for earning the Victoria Cross are virtually identical to those of the United States Medal of Honor. For those interested, more details can be found in this blog at;

"At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them."


Anonymous said...

hi.i have a gliders pilot uniform.could you please help me identifiy if it is a genuine uniform? thank you!

Arnhemjim said...

hello "maruca",
Unfortunately without photographs of the uniform and close-ups of all the insignia I could not tell you. One fundamental indicator on WWII vintage however, is to find any loose small threads on both the uniform and the insignia. Burn the threads, if they melt, they are synthetic, indicating later manufacture. If they burn to an ash, they are cotton and this would be one indicator that they are old, i.e. WWII. An additional recommendation would be to join the British and Commonwealth Military Badge Forum ( and post photographs there. Hope this is of some assistance.

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