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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  • Arguably the most historically poignant landmark in Arnhem, The John Frost Bridge is depicted in A Bridge Too Far and based on the true events of the Battle of Arnhem. The bridge was renamed the...  more »
  • When visiting Arnhem you must visit the John Frost Bridge and the Airbourne at the Bridge Experience.  more »
  • Best known as the "Bridge Too Far" from a tragic battle in WWII, the bridge stands as a reminder near Arnhem, Belgium. The cemetery is a reminder of that battle in 1944 and the high cost of war. Definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere in the area. Make it a part of your next trip. Thought-provoking and educational.
  • Lovely view, quiet place. Seen some people fishing.
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