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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  • Our cruise ship docked by this bridge. We did the walk on both sides of this historical bridge, very pleasant. The area on both banks are well maintained. If you have time, it would be a nice couple h...  more »
  • After all, it's just a bridge, but is it historically interested, and have seen the movie, you also know what has been going on around the bridge. It makes it interesting just to visit and walk around. The bridge itself is not anything special, other than that there is a fine view of Arnhem from the. Next to the bridge there is a small (free) museum, where you can get some information about what happened during the battle of the bridge. The bridge was actually destroyed shortly after the battle of Arnhem, but rebuilt in the first style immediately after the war, and named after the English Commander, who led British forces during the battle. One is historical interest is the bridge worth a visit. For even if it's just a bridge, it is not just a bridge ...
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  • We came here to see the famous bridge and the information centre next to it was very good but I'd recommend the museum in oosterbeek as this is excellent.  more »
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  • It's a bridge. It makes crossing the river easy. People will also hang out at the rivers edge here. The place is pretty nice, but suffers a bit from all the litter.
  • The predecessor of this bridge has an important place in history. This bridge is simple yet effective and makes a good spot for festivals.
  • Don't be fooled this is not the same bridge that was captured during world war 2. This was built after the war
  • Awe inspiring part of history. Well worth a visit.
  • If your interested in the history of Market Garden then this is a place to visit.

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Where to stay in Arnhem

Although many visitors to Arnhem end up choosing a centrally located hotel near the main train station, you can find plenty of equally comfortable rooms farther away from this busy part of town. For easy access to the surrounding countryside, check out the guesthouses and self-catering apartments on the outskirts of town, where you can get a quiet night's sleep and take advantage of free parking. Alternatively, visit Arnhem from the nearby city of Nijmegen, which offers a greater variety of mid-range hotels and family-run inns.
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