The perimeter walk largely follows the front line of the Allied bridgehead in September 1944.
More than 11,000 men were involved in the British and Polish airborne landings from 17 September at Wolfhoze, Renkum, Ede and Driel. These soon faced heavy German resistance, which grew in strength and intensity every day. The British therefore lost the initiative.
After heavy fighting on 18 and 19 September it had failed to reach the enclosed torps of Lieutenant Colonel John D. Frost at the bridge in Arnhem, the remnants of the 1st Airborne Division retreated to Oosterbeek on 20 September, where the so-called perimeter as a line of defense. A day later Frost's troops had to retreat to Oosterbeek due to lack of supplies and heavy losses - half of the men had been killed or wounded.
NB! For the entire story around the perimeter you can also walk the southern part of the route.
Reading tip! The war history of Gelderland
The Arnhem Nijmegen region played a decisive role in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. Read more about the liberation campaign in Gelderland and the traces of the past that can still be found in this region in the article \\\'Stories from wartime in Gelderland\\\'
Looking for fascinating stories, beautiful routes or nice places for a break in Gelderland? Read more here.