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Imperial War Museum - Operation 'Market Garden' In Photos @I_W_M @16AirAssltBde @PoppyLegion

Dutch civilians and veterans of 1st Airborne Division watch as children place flowers on graves at the Arnhem-Oosterbeek Cemetery, 25 September 1945. The previous year, the division had flown into action with 10,000 men. Just over 2,000 returned across the Rhine. In all, 1,485 British and Polish airborne troops were killed or died of wounds and 6,525 more became prisoners of war. Though a costly failure, the Battle for Arnhem today stands as a heroic feat of arms. As an indicator of the courage displayed by British forces, five Victoria Crosses were awarded - four of them posthumously.

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