21 sept. 2014 British Army
This weekend sees the 70th anniversary commemorations of Operation Market Garden, one of the most notable military operations of World War Two, being held at Arnhem in the Netherlands.
Airborne forces of the British, Dutch, Polish and US and veterans of the battle, many of whom were captured by the Germany Army, have come together to honour those who fell on the battlefield.
On Friday evening thousands of Arnhem residents and visitors gave grateful thanks to the British and Polish veterans at a memorial service held at the Airborne Memorial known as the Bear Pit, in central Arnhem.
Seventy British and 13 Polish veterans returned to the memorial near the John Frost Bridge, alongside other British, Polish and Dutch veterans, to receive thanks from the people of Holland for their bravery and the sacrifice of their comrades who never came home.
On Saturday morning, as soon as the fog cleared, hundreds of British Paratroopers from 3 PARA, 4 PARA, 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Artillery, 23 Engineer Regiment, 13 Air Assault Regiment RLC, 16 Medical Regiment and HQ 16 Air Assault Brigade jumped alongside soldiers from the US, the Netherlands and Poland.
Twelve C130 Hercules aircraft from four nations and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s DC3 Dakota were on standby for the commemorative drops.
On Sunday 5,000 are anticipated to attend a memorial service at the Arnhem War Cemetery in Oosterbeek.
Watch this report by David Wood of ITV; filmed in Arnhem with the Army News Team, featuring Major Will Hunt OC A Company, 2 PARA