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Golden Stamp - Market Garden 1944-2019 - Collectibles

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  • 20.01.2020
  • Photographer: D. M. Smith. Imperial War Museums collection, London.
  • 30 x 40mm
About Golden Stamp - Market Garden 1944-2019

The first stamp in the series features Operation Market Garden. It was one of the largest military operations of World War II, with airborne landings by American and British paratroopers at Arnhem and Nijmegen.

Operation Market Garden was a plan masterminded by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. He wanted to capture the Germans in the Netherlands in order to clear the way to Germany. 17 September 1944 marked the beginning of one of the largest military operations of World War II. The aim of the airborne landings by British and American paratroopers was to seize important bridges over the Meuse, Waal and Rhine. Ground forces moved from the south towards Arnhem to seize areas from the Germans. However, resistance from the Germans was greater and fiercer than expected. Only a small number of British paratroopers managed to reach the Rijnbrug (‘Rhine bridge’) at Arnhem. The ground forces took Nijmegen on 20 September and moved to Arnhem on 21 September. These soldiers reached the city too late to reinforce the airborne forces, who were forced to retreat. Partly due to the failure of Operation Market Garden, it took until May 1945 before the whole of the Netherlands was liberated.