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The Battle of Overloon – The British and Operation Aintree

//The Battle of Overloon – The British and Operation Aintree

The Battle of Overloon – The British and Operation Aintree


Join the battlefield of Overloon and Venray and see where and how the British 3rd Infantry Division captured these places in the face of fierce German resistance. Find out why the British started calling Overloon ‘Little Caen’, but also why they were more successful than their American brothers in arms earlier that month. Join us visiting the places where important combat actions were fought and hear the stories of that time on the spot.

The Dogshaped Woods, Overloon Mill, The road to Merselo, Loobeek or The Bloodbeek, Eardley’s VC, CWGC cemeteries

: ✓ Private guide ✓ Tailored itinerary ✓ Tour booklet


Private tour - 4 hrs
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Between September 30 and October 18, 1944, a heavy battle was fought in the Overloon – Venray area. This battle, a direct result of Operation Market Garden, went down in history as one of the heaviest battles on Dutch soil. After the American 7th Armored Division failed to advance to Venlo via Overloon after seven days, this division was withdrawn. The British took back the front line as the commander of the British 8th Army Corps, General O’Conner, came up with a plan to attack from different sides. The first and most important attack would be on Overloon and Venray. Unlike the Americans, the British used tactics in which units would attack limited targets and different units would leap-frog their way forward. Support by artillery, tanks and air support was also planned coordinated more consciously and extensively.

On October 12, 1944, the British 3rd Infantry Division attacked and captured Overloon at the end of the day, although the last Germans did not surrender until October 14. After that, the British cleared the Overloonse forests in preparation for the final attack on Venray on October 16, 1944.

Additional information


Battle at Overloon


The Netherlands

Type of tour

Private tour

Manner of transportation

Car or minibus, Coach bus


To be confirmed

Location start point

Parking of War Museum Overloon

Start time

09:00 hours, 13:00 hours


0.5 day


Private guide, Tour booklet