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 was my 4th time on this bridge, as I visit Arnhem from Canada. It is a "must do" walk over the bridge and to see a good view of the river and Arnhem. A word of caution, please be careful when tak...  read more »
  • The bridge is important because of what it represents historically. It was great to visit and look at some of the historical information that explains the Operation Market Garden battle. One of my fav...  read more »
  • The history of this bridge is quite tragic. The John Frost bridge formed in the second world war an important transition to the city of Arnhem. John Frost with his men would defend the bridge. But unfortunately he came with only a small group of men in the dark finally reach the bridge to, at that time not knowing that they were surrounded by the Germans. The Allied army that came from the southern direction the bridge, would be defended by the troops of Frost. What happened was, they were by a well entrenched and strong German army with Bridge and already in the pan. In this brave fight lost many life. Each year in september there is a extensive commemoration at the bridge. There are guided tours with explanations, kransleg went at the monument and in an impressive Theatre form in the Rhine comes the story back to life.
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  • 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.
  • I find this place to be chilling. One of my ancestors was with the Red Devils and among those under Co. Frost that fought to the death. Until they surrendered.
  • Mooi stukje historie.
  • Today, April 27, Koningsdag 2016 is in a serious traffic accident on the John Frost bridge a driver had been killed. I wish the families a lot of strength in this difficult time.
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