After the landing of the Polish paratroopers, the German army quickly deployed troops from the east, fearing that the Polish soldiers would advance towards the traffic bridge at Arnhem. To cut them off, the Germans had established a strong defensive position behind the railway embankment of the Arnhem-Nijmegen railway line on the 22nd of September 1944. The soldiers made foxholes, dug themselves in, and waited for the enemy. This assembled group of different units, was called 'Sperrverband Harzer'. They attacked the Polish troops mainly with the help of (heavy) artillery.
Aerial photograph of Driel from 1944: (1) The landing zones (2) Route location, (3) The railway bridge and railway dike © Dotka Data BV 2020
View on the railway bridge and railway embankment where German troops had taken up positions and from where they were firing on the Polish soldiers. © Stichting Driel Polen - Foto Thijs de Jong