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Battlefield tours 2017

The National Liberation Museum offers various battlefield tours in 2017: bus tours, bicycle tours and battlefield tours in historical army vehicles.

Bus tours
Bus tours through the greater area of Nijmegen past drop and landing zones and monuments of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation ever. The battlefield tours ‘Market Garden’ in the Groesbeek area are standard 1.5 hours and can on request be extended with e.g. the Battle of Nijmegen and Arnhem and/or the Rhineland Offensive (Operation Veritable), the largest military attack in history launched from Dutch territory. We also have guides available on request for specialized tours like groups of veterans, historians, or military trainees.

Bicycle tours
1. Bicycle tour of the battlefields of WW2 in Nijmegen
This bicycle tour of about 10 km (max. 20 persons), takes you in 4 hours to locations in the Nijmegen area where the Germans and the allied soldiers fought very hard during Operation Market Garden. The guides tell stories of the bravery and sacrifice of ordinary citizens who were often literally caught in the firing line. The guides will also talk about the important role of the Dutch resistance during this operation. Central in the tour is the courageous crossing of the river Waal by American paras, directly resulting in the liberation of Nijmegen. Historical images, documents and props makes these stories come to life.

2.Bicycle tour of the battlefields of WW2 in the Groesbeek area
Discover the landing and drop zones of American paras who landed in the Groesbeek area. During the tour you will learn about the events that took place on Sunday September 17th, 1944 and the days that followed. Before the start of the bicycle tour (max. 20 persons), a short film and a scale model of the area will be shown to provide more information on Operation Market Garden. Afterwards you will cycle to the drop and landing zones where the Americans were engaged in heavy fighting with the German troops. The route is marked by monuments remembering Operation Market Garden in the Nijmegen area. The 20 km route takes you through the villages of Groesbeek, Breedeweg, Plasmolen and Mook.

Tours in historical army vehicles
1.Grateful Generation Tours
Grateful Generation Tours is a group of young individuals who organise exciting fieldtrips along the battlefields of Operation Market Garden in an old Willys Jeep (max. 3 persons). The tours will take about 30 minutes and are suitable for young and old alike but are an absolute must for youths. Aside from letting you experience the history, Grateful Generation Tours wants to permanently honour the memory of our liberators, hence the name.

2. LiberationTour
LiberationTour provides experience tours in a Dodge (max. 8 persons)over the local battlefields of Operation Market Garden and the Rhineland Offensive, preceded by a visit to the temporary and permanent exhibition of the Liberation Museum incl. a taste of Swedish whitebread baked according to the original WW2 recipe. The afternoon ends with coffee/tea and liberation cake in the museumcafé.

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