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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  • From the rijnkade you get access to the bridge by stairs. Of the original bridge just to the north pillar, there is still something to note of e famous battle of this bridge. The nearby museum is much more interesting to visit.
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  • Walk the bridge, look for bullet marks, remember the men and feel the atmosphere. This was a place of heroes  more »
  • The John Frost bridge has played an important role in our history. During the battle of Arnhem in 1944, the English allies here a sensitive defeat ago. A place to stand still.
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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 😍❤
  • Simple bridge but it has a big story to tell you.