"Ginkelse Heide and Airborne Memorials" Oosterbeek Things to Do Tip by vichatherly
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Ginkelse Heide was drop Zone Y, the furthest form the bridge at Arnhem of all the DZs
The heath was a drop zone for the second lift of Operation Market Garden, scheduled for 10:00 on 18th September 1944. Bad weather delayed the drop until 15:00, which was a good thing. The Germans had by this time found a set of plans giving them all the details of the operation and were waiting for the drop in the morning. They had reduced in numbers by the time the actual drop took place later in the afternoon.
The heath is a long way from Arnhem, but after driving around the area for a few days, with all of the forests that are in the area, you can see somehow why this area was picked as a DZ.
There is usually a commemorative drop and a short service of commemoration at 11:00 on the nearest Sunday to 17th September Anniversary.
The memorial at Ginkelse heath, is in the form of a pillar with the insignia of the KOSB, a Pegasus and the Airborne Badge and is surmounted by a symbolic Dove of Peace.
Address: Ginkelse Heide
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