Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

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Don McHugh
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Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by Don McHugh » Fri May 11, 2018 11:28 am

The overnight good news was that the Welsh Guards had made it to Veghel before night fall and so the Bridge had been replaced.

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The Grenadier Guards had now taken over and were moving on to Nijmegen.

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They where soon over the Grave bridge and closing on Nijmegen.

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Some very heavy fighting lay ahead.

In Arnhem the overnight redeployment had seen the Airborne Division abandon Oosterbeek to use all its strength to capture the bridge.

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The northern force had taken control of the railway bridge over the marshalling yards and brought their A/T guns forward to cover this open area.

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A fresh battalion of air landing troops had formed up for an attack through the marshalling yards.

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The Divisional HQ had moved into the West of Arnhem to coordinate the big push for the bridge.

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Another fresh battalion of Air landing troops had formed on the river road to try again.

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The two central lines of houses had been cleared the night before, so these gave a good covered starting point. It was hoped with 4 different points of attack the Germans would not be able to halt them all.

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All the artillery batteries had been brought over the railway line and a stop line had been formed on the railway line.

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The two central attacks go in with the help of some flame throwers and start to clear the next row of buildings.

The attack through the marshalling yards is held up with the arrival of armour and then an A/A detachment. It was a very good job I moved my A/T guns to cover this attack. The A/A detachment was completely destroyed , but we only manage to knock out one of the two tanks. Sorry for some reason I didn't take any pictures of this.

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The northern force managed to clear the next line of houses, but the River road force was finding the going very tuff.

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To the west the Germans where starting to arrive in large numbers.

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Both roads were full of German infantry marching to the sound of battle.

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There seemed to be a never ending line of German infantry.

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Very late in the day, the German flamethrower tanks attacked the small force we had left to the west of the railway line. Despite a number of PIAT rounds one of the tanks managed to set fire to the building.

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Back in Arnhem the northern force had taken the next line of buildings, but the river road force had been repulsed.

A very heavy day of fighting with a large number of casualties on both sides.

Hopefully the last day would see an attack on the bridge from the south.

Don

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by Ianwill » Fri May 11, 2018 11:45 am

Don,

Gripping stuff :o

Cheers

Ian

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by Richard B. » Fri May 11, 2018 11:54 am

Again wonderful photos of a superb looking game, thanks for posting Don thmbs2)

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by Fire at Will » Fri May 11, 2018 12:04 pm

Great report, thanks Don

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by mausmann » Fri May 11, 2018 12:06 pm

Superb Don! It looks a desperate affair, must have been great to game it.... thmbs2)
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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by nickoftime45 » Fri May 11, 2018 4:26 pm

Quite superb! I like the plan to put everything into Arnhem.

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by Ed mac » Fri May 11, 2018 7:55 pm

Must have been brilliant to play in this game,superb thmbs2)

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by tayerigonzalez » Fri May 11, 2018 8:03 pm

Don, that is STUNNING.
CHEERS

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by Don McHugh » Fri May 11, 2018 8:56 pm

Ed mac wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 7:55 pm
Must have been brilliant to play in this game,superb thmbs2)
It was indeed a great game, but my legs certainly knew i had been standing on them all day.

I slept a large part of Monday to recover.

Well worth it though.

Will try and get the final day done tomorrow.

Don

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Re: Arnhem Big game Saturday evening Day 3

Post by wargameroz » Sat May 12, 2018 12:26 am

Excellent report as always Don

Interesting to see that you appeared to have gotten further than happened in reality, well done

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