Glider landings near Grave - 23 September 1944

Then and Now

 

Operation Market Garden was failed because of various reasons. One of those was the bad weather.

Planners had decided to lift the three airborne divisions on three succesive days. However, the weather in England interfered.

 

The planned lift of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment to the Nijmegen area was postponed more than once. Instead of flying to Holland on September 19, the regiment appeared in Holland on September 23rd.

 

The landing zone for the 325th had shifted from the Groesbeek area to the area of DZ-O, which became LZ-O. This was done because German forces were dug in on the borders of the landing zones near Groesbeek and could put artillery and mortar fire onto the landing zones. The area of LZ-O was safe. The 504th PIR had landed here on September 17 and the area was safe since.

 

On the left one can see an aerial photo of a part of the landing zone. This actually shows a section that was more to the south of the landing zone.

The river Maas is visible and ten gliders are captured in this photo.

Opposite the river is the town Grave. Clearly to be seen is the harbor of the town. A bridge is being built at what seems to be an old ferry site. The Maas bridge is just north and out of the picture. That bridge was captured by the 504th PIR on September 17.

 

The Google Earth image shows that some parts are changed. Still it is prett clear that thisis the same location. The harbour has been enlarged, as is the part that leads to the locks.

The town also expended with some industry near the harbour.

 

In the left upper corner is the main highway that was the advance line of the British Army.

 

 

Airborne Troop Carrier - Holland