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 is a bridge and as such it is not that particular, but this is the "A bridge too far" in the epic war Movie, where the German army had their last major victory despite a massive effort of the Bri...  more »
  • Drove from Maastricht to see this bridge, actually driving over it before realizing I was on the John Frost bridge. I'm told it was rebuilt right after the war but parts of the original are still bein...  more »
  • Very moving to climb up on this bridge. You can walk up a slope from the memorial at the far end of the bridge. Wooden bench at the memorial on the bridge.  more »
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  • The predecessor of this bridge has an important place in history. This bridge is simple yet effective and makes a good spot for festivals.
  • 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.
  • 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.