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Thank You Mr Veteran

In war-torn Europe, September 1944 - eight months before the end of World War II - Allied forces launched a ground and airborne attack through Belgium and The Netherlands called Operation Market Garden.

The plan was to capture a series of five bridges from the Germans so that an Allied stronghold could be established to attack Germany from the north, while US troops moved through Belgium to attack from the south. The conflict for the final bridge across the Rhine became known as The Battle of Arnhem and even though it was an Allied defeat it has become famous for the bravery of the men in holding off German troops for nine days, despite being heavily outnumbered.

2014 marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem and was commemorated with a number of events held over the weekend of 19th to 21st September.

On Sunday 21st September a tribute was organised for the veterans in Oosterbeek. This tribute, sponsored by BritNed, included music from the Parachute Regimental Band, a theatre production performed by children from the local school and a routine by the Highland and Celtic Stepfire Dancers.