After the successful airborne operations during the invasion of occupied-France during the summer of 1944 (Operation NEPTUNE in Normandy and Operation DRAGOON in the south of France), the Allied High Command turned their attention to crossing the Rhine and entering Germany.
The 1st Airborne Division was composed of 1st Airlanding Brigade, the 1st and 4th Parachute Brigades, the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade, and to which the Glider Pilot Regiment (GPR) were attached. The Division had been on constant stand-by since the invasions and, after 16 cancellations, their involvement in the attempt to cross the Rhine was confirmed for 17 September 1944.
The talk will be given by Lt Col (Retd) Derek Armitage, a registered battlefield guide for over 20 years, who has led tours to Arnhem. The talks will be held in our Conference Room underneath our Apache Café, with access around the side of the Museum. Entry is free, but please book in advance by clicking on the button below.
Don't miss the chance to visit the Museum to see our collection of gliders, which includes an example of every Allied Glider type used operationally in the Second World War. Just click on the button below to buy your entrance ticket.