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The fighting around Veghel, Eerde and Schijndel


The bridge at Son, the liberation of Eindhoven, and the fighting at Best are the most famous stories of the 101st Airborne Division’s participation during Operation Market Garden. Less commonly known, but just as important, are some of the toughest battles fought by this division around the areas Veghel, Eerde and Schijndel. Supported by British armour approximately three quarters of the 101st Airborne Division fought at some point in these areas. Discover these lesser known stories of actions that happened here during September 1944.

: miss-drop at Heeswijk Castle, The Cannae manoeuvre at Heeswijk, Attack on Schijndel, the battle for Eerde and the sand dunes, Koevering, Black Friday

: ✓ Private guide ✓ Tailored itinerary ✓ Tour booklet


Private tour - full day
  • Please specify the details of your group here. 

  • *Please inform us of any mobility restrictions.


While most of the 101st Airborne Division landed on the Sonse Heide, the 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment landed at Eerde and Heeswijk. Their task was to capture Veghel and its bridges across the canal together with a small river. What seemed like a simple job in the early hours, resulted in fierce fire-fights for control of the main road and bridges. The Germans mainly chose this part of the corridor for their fiercest counterattacks and in several places they were able to cut the Allies’ advance and supply route at various periods throughout the operation.

In this tour we cycle to the places where the fighting took place in September 1944. During this tour your guide will take you to the locations and provide you with a detailed narrative of these fierce and sometimes desperate battles.

Additional information


Operation Market Garden


The Netherlands

Type of tour

Private tour

Manner of transportation

Bike tour


To be confirmed

Location start point

Stadhuisplein, Veghel

Start time

09:00 hours


1 day


Bottle of water, Private guide, Tour booklet


Bike tour is approximately 40 kilometres, Bring your own bike