Old soldiers bow to time
12 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Polish Airborne Forces Association whose members fought heroically during the Battle of Arnhem in 1944 has decided to disband. It has too few members left alive to continue, the association said on Monday.
12 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Polish Airborne Forces Association whose members fought heroically during the Battle of Arnhem in 1944 has decided to disband. It has too few members left alive to continue, the association said on Monday.
On Sunday the Polish Airborne Forces Association presented its banner to Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein' in Oosterbeek.
The association received the banner in 1959 from the local residents in recognition of their sacrifice in trying to free the area from German control.
The association's members have for years taken part in the annual commemoration the battle designed to capture bridges in the occupied Netherlands over the Rhine into Germany.
Codenamed Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne assault ever failed in its objectives and hundreds of British, American and Polish troops lost their lives.
Hundreds of Polish troops under the command of Major-General Stanislaw F. Sosabowski took part in a mass parachute drop in September 1944.
The Germans shot 101 of the parachutists as they floated to the ground near Driel. Another 300 made their way to Arnhem to help the British paras there.
On 25 September, the Allied attack was called off. The Polish 3rd Parachute Battalion covered the remains of the British 1st Airborne Division as it was ferried across the Rhine to safety.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news