Maps of the drop- and landing zones in Holland

Through the years of research and meeting friends from the USA, it became clear that the locations of towns, drop- and landing zones in Holland was a complicated thing.

As I already posted tables of the various lifts on the website, it is needed to show the target areas as well. To complete the information.

Left: The Operation area for Market Garden/. Clearly visible is the “Hell’s Highway” running from the south through the city of Eindhoven and heading to Nijmegen. This is a good overview of the battle area.


Right: The area where the 101st Airborne Division landed in Holland. Note that DZ-A2 is drawn on the map. This was not the intended DZ, which was closer to Veghel. The marked DZ is the one used and around the Heeswijk Castle.

The drop- and landing zones in the Nijmegen area. The importance of the high ground at Groesbeek is visible due to the  mass landings there. The distance from LZ-T to the Nijmegen bridge is about the same as the British had from their DZ to the Arnhem bridge.

LZ-N did not see many gliders, as most gliders landed west of the intended LZ.

DZ-O was used for resupplies and the last glider lift of 23 September 1944.

The dropzones for the British 1st Airborne Division. They were dropped on 17 and 18 September 1944 on DZ-X and DZ-Y.

The dropzone of the Polish Brigade was not marked on the map, and is now roughly marked bt an O. This was DZ-K. This was actually planned south of the bridge at Arnhem, the same area that was not used in the initial landings on the 17th and 18th. When the Poles arrived, that intended DZ was in German hands with troops on the alert.

Airborne Troop Carrier - Holland