The John Frost Bridge - John Frostbrug, Arnhem
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John Frost Bridge is the road bridge over the Lower Rhine at Arnhem, in the Netherlands. The bridge is named after Major-General John Dutton Frost, who commanded the British forces that reached and defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. The bridge was featured in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far, although a different bridge was used for the film.HistoryRijnbrugThere had been a floating bridge at Arnhem since 1603 but as the city grew in the early 20th century a permanent link across the Lower Rhine was needed. The Rijnbrug (literally Rhine bridge) was constructed between 1932 and 1935, but was destroyed by Dutch engineers in 1940 to slow the German advance during the invasion of the Netherlands. The Germans had need of the bridge however, and a pontoon bridge acted as a temporary replacement while the road bridge was repaired. The bridge was finished in August 1944.The Battle of ArnhemIn September 1944 the Allies launched Operation Market Garden. The road bridge across the Lower Rhine should have been the final objective of the operation, and its capture was tasked to the British 1st Airborne Division. Unexpected German resistance in Arnhem meant that only a small force of some 740 men were able to reach the northern end of the bridge, commanded by Lt-Colonel John Frost. On the night of the 17 September the British attempted to take the southern end of the bridge, using a flame thrower to destroy German positions in the bridge's towers. This accidentally ignited an ammunition store and the fresh paint on the bridge caught fire, illuminating the area for most of the night and forcing the British to abandon their attempt.
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  • This bridge has of course a huge historical value associated with the second world war, but for the rest it's just a whole boring bridge with a beautiful monument for the fallen victims.
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  • Not the original Bridge but a replacement - yet still a deeply-moving and awesome (in the real sense of the word) landmark and memorial to the brave British and Allied soldiers who grimly refused to g...  more »
  • If you have some of the history of Arnhem know then it is probably: the battle of Arnhem. And when you go in Arnhem are to see some of this battle is one of the best places to visit the bridge itself. Under the bridge is also an information centre where additional information about the battle itself.
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  • Visited this place in 1986. Was singing in a cabaret band working for British forces. What an insignificant place to be so very significant.
  • Once a year there is an epic party here on kingsday and kingsnight... beat the bridge!!!
  • The bridge itself is not very special but the history around it is well known. The visit is a must if you come to Arnhem.
  • A nice view đŸ˜â€
  • Simple bridge but it has a big story to tell you.