Perimeter route

Type: Hiking route
Distance: 7.9 km

Perimeter route

Type: Hiking route
Distance: 7.9 km

The perimeter was a horseshoe shaped defense line around Oosterbeek in which the Britsh and Polish troops retreated during the Battle of Arnhem. In this area, the Allies withstood the German forces’ attacks for nine days.

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The perimeter was a horseshoe shaped defense line around Oosterbeek in which the Britsh and Polish troops retreated during the Battle of Arnhem. In this area, the Allies withstood the German forces’ attacks for nine days. The perimeter route passes locations of fierce battles, heroic actions, old farmhouses, former emergency hospitals and testimonies of the war that are still visible in the landscape today.

Operation Market Garden was an Allied offensive, from September 17th until September 26th 1944, during the Second World War. Aerial troops had to capture and hold different bridges over rivers and canals in The Netherlands before they would be supported by ground troops. One of the targets was the Rijnbrug in Arnhem. The German resistance around Arnhem appeared to be much heavier than was expected and it was one of the reasons why the almost 12,000 British and Polish troops couldn’t conquer the bridge.

 On the 20th of September, Allied troops had to retreat to Oosterbeek. In this village, the perimeter was formed: a horseshoe shaped defense line in and around the village, close to the river Rhine. In the following days, heavy fighting took place within the perimeter. It was difficult to supply the troops in the perimeter and therefore the soldiers faced a severe deficiency in food, medical supplies and ammunition. Lots of soldiers were wounded or had been killed in the ongoing battles. On September 25th, the supplies had run out completely and it became clear that the ground troops could not reach them on time anymore. The remaining troops had to retreat by crossing the river Rhine. 2,400 soldiers reached the safe area at the other side of the river, leaving the wounded and medical staff behind. 6,500 British and Polish troops were captured and taken as prisoners of war. About 1,900 men died. 

 The inhabitants of Oosterbeek had to hide in the cellars during these days in order to avoid the danger, but here too casualties were inevitable. After the battles, Oosterbeek was destroyed and the inhabitants had to be evacuated.

Distance
7.9 km

Sights on this route

Starting point: Utrechtseweg 228
6862 AZ Oosterbeek
1

Airborne Museum at Hartenstein

Airborne Museum at Hartenstein
Utrechtseweg 232
6862 AZ OOSTERBEEK
2

De Perimeter

De Perimeter
Utrechtseweg
6861 DH Oosterbeek
3

Stationsweg 8

Stationsweg 8
Stationsweg 8
Oosterbeek
4

Station Oosterbeek-Hoog

Station Oosterbeek-Hoog
Graaf van Rechterenweg
6861 EM Oosterbeek
5

hotel Dreyeroord

hotel Dreyeroord
Graaf van Rechterenweg 12
Oosterbeek
6

Ommershof

Ommershof
Graaf van Rechterenweg
Oosterbeek
7

Paul Krugerstraat 70

Paul Krugerstraat 70
Paul Krugerstraat 70
Oosterbeek
8

Bakery Crum

Bakery Crum
Paul Krugerstraat 23
Oosterbeek
9

De Naald

De Naald
Utrechtseweg
Oosterbeek
10

Villa Hartenstein

Villa Hartenstein
Utrechtseweg
Oosterbeek
11

De Tennisbaan

De Tennisbaan
J.J. Talsmalaan
Oosterbeek
12

The Mortar Pit

The Mortar Pit
Van Lennepweg 3
Oosterbeek
13

The Western Perimeter

The Western Perimeter
Van Lennepweg 13
Oosterbeek
14

De Hemelse Berg

De Hemelse Berg
Hoofdstraat 3
Oosterbeek
15

De Westerbouwing

De Westerbouwing
Westerbouwing
Oosterbeek
16

The Poles near Driel

The Poles near Driel
Kerkpad
Oosterbeek
17

Operation Berlin

Operation Berlin
Kerkpad
Oosterbeek
18

The Old Church

The Old Church
Benedendorpseweg 134
Oosterbeek
19

De Weverstraat

De Weverstraat
Weverstraat 118
Oosterbeek
20

De Tafelberg

De Tafelberg
Pieterbergseweg 46
Oosterbeek
21

Schoonoord en Vreewijk

Schoonoord en Vreewijk
Utrechtseweg 214
Oosterbeek
End point: Utrechtseweg
6862 Oosterbeek