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The Dutch remember

Dutch schoolchildren, more than 800 of them, held aloft bunches of flowers, whispered the names inscribed on the white headstones before them, then gently deposited their bouquets on the graves of 1,756 British and Polish airborne troops who dropped from the sky 65 years ago, fought a bitter ten-day battle and were killed at Arnhem.

More than 10,000 people packed the hallowed war cemetery at Oosterbeek yesterday to commemorate the heroism of the British 1st Airborne Division and the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade. [We hope they remembered all the Allies, including the Americans desperately trying to reach the British at Arnhem. - Ed.]

The annual memorial service was a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in Operation Market Garden. . .

f_wwii_parachutes.gif Jump day was September 17th 1944. Photo Credit: U.S. National Archives 111-SC-354702

After they landed, "Against enormous odds, the British clung fiercely to their positions." We have the Arnhem story, as we know it, here.

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