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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. Work out when and for how long to visit The John Frost Bridge - John Frostbrug and other Arnhem attractions using our handy Arnhem trip itinerary maker website.
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  • One of the links in the story of September 1944. Although not the original. The bridge museum is nearby for views and the history. If your not particularly interested in the history of what happened.....  more
    One of the links in the story of September 1944. Although not the original. The bridge museum is nearby for views and the history. If your not particularly interested in the history of what happened.....  more »
  • This bridge looks like thousands of other bridges in Europe and for someone who is not interested in history it will not be worth paying more attention to. However, I am a history lover (especially.....  more
    This bridge looks like thousands of other bridges in Europe and for someone who is not interested in history it will not be worth paying more attention to. However, I am a history lover (especially.....  more »
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  • If you like military history or have ever seen the film "a bridge too far" then this is one of the locations to visit to see living history in action. However be aware that this bridge was destroyed by american bombers after the failed attempt to capture it, although it was later rebuild to the same standard.
  • A critical site of WWII history! Arnhem Bridge, now called the John Frost Bridge. The original was built in 1935; blown up by the Dutch in May 1940; rebuilt by the Germans in 1942; damaged by American bombers in Oct ‘44; blown JPB y the Nazis in Feb 1945; rebuilt and opened in 1950. Watch out for mopeds on the sidewalk. LTC John Frost commanded 2d para. He and his men approached the bridge along he lower road, close to the river Neder Rijn. In the movie “A Bridge too Far” Anthony Hopkins plays Frost. Frost was a POW and rose to the rank of Major General.

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