After operation Market Garden only a small, narrow part of the Netherlands was liberated. The first priority was to make this small part larger. The allies were afraid that the Germans would break through this narrow part and isolate the allies in the north. After all, the Germans had already tried to do this.
This liberated part ended up in the Betuwe. It was called ‘The Island’ by the allies because there were rivers on all sides. The common people in the villages at the frontline were evacuated. The soldiers then used the houses in the villages. There had been several nationalities on different occasions at the frontline. Also, the 101st US Airborne Division with Easy Company had spent time there. To keep things clearer we choose to pay more attention to the 101st part of this history.