"I fought at Arnhem"
(Top) An Arnhem veteran at the bridge after the war
Private Hugh McGuinness, Border Regiment (left) and a Dutch civilian
[Photo: Courtesy of McGuinness family]
(Bottom): The ‘John Frost Bridge’ at Arnhem, September 2008
[Photo: J. Ritson]
In summing up 'Operation Market Garden', which took place in September 1944, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery said:
"In years to come it will be a great thing for a man to be able to say, 'I fought at Arnhem'."
Private Hugh McGuinness from Whitehaven, Cumberland served in the British 1st Airborne Division during the Battle of Arnhem / Oosterbeek, although during the battle his section never got as far as the bridge seen in the above photographs. Other Allied troops, led by John Frost, did manage to reach the northern side of the bridge and held out for several days. Afterwards, the modern bridge at Arnhem has been renamed ‘John Frost Bridge’ to commemorate this action.
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