Thursday, July 8, 2004

We started this day at Wolfheze. The 1st Parachute Brigade under command of brigadier Lathbury jumped on September 17 between Heelsum and Wolfheze. Major-general Urquhart with his staff jumped here also. North of Wolfheze landed the 1st Airlanding Brigade under command of brigadier Hicks. The 1st Parachute Brigade exists of three battalions which had to capture and defend the bridge and the railway bridge over the river Rhine. The 1st Airlanding Brigade had to defend the landings zones. We started this day at Wolfheze. The 1st Parachute Brigade under command of brigadier Lathbury jumped on September 17 between Heelsum and Wolfheze. Major-general Urquhart with his staff also jumped here. North of Wolfheze landed the 1st Airlanding Brigade under command of brigadier Hicks.
The 1st Parachute Brigade consists of three battalions which had to capture and defend the bridge and the railway bridge over the river Rhine. The 1st Airlanding Brigade had to defend the landing zones.

The Polish gliders landed north of the railway next to Wolfheze on September 19. The Polish landed in the middle of the fighting. To escape with the English, they had to cross a very small and low tunnel to get on the south side of the railway.

The Airborne monument at Wolfheze The railway tunnel The railway tunnel Monument at Heelsum with a British 6 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun