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Market Garden – 101st Airborne Division and the Battle at Best

//Market Garden – 101st Airborne Division and the Battle at Best

Market Garden – 101st Airborne Division and the Battle at Best


Follow in the footsteps of H Company, 502 PIR, 101st Airborne Division who were ordered to capture the two bridges at Best during Operation Market Garden. This company soon ran into trouble and the fighting quickly escalated into a battle involving as many as four battalions of the 101st Airborne Division and is referred to as “The Battle At Best” by the Americans. It would prove to be one of the toughest battles the division fought during Operation Market Garden.

: The dropzone, initial engegement at Quatre-Bras, Jones’ withdrawal, Cole’s Monument, German counterattacks, Joe Mann Monument

: ✓ Private guide ✓ Tailored itinerary ✓ Tour booklet


Private tour - 3 hrs
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After the 101st Airborne Division had landed on the Son Heath, H Company, 502 Parachute Infantry Regiment, reinforced, set out to capture the two bridges over the Wilhelmina Canal near Best. Their mission turned quickly turned from bad to worse, as they mistakenly veered off to much towards Best and got into a firefight with German reinforcements arriving on the scene. As the situation escalated, the balance of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cole’s 3rd Battalion, 502 PIR was sent in to help out H Company. The Americans dug in on the western edge of the forest, desperately fending off German counterattacks and infiltration of their lines. More American troops and even British tanks were deployed, while the Germans brought a whole new division into battle.

In this guided tour we will walk on this part of the battlefield. During this walk, the stages of the battle are explained step by step, with reference to the landscape as it was back then. You will discover several former fighting positions during this walk. Giving you a very good picture of ​​the scale and confusion of the fighting in the Sonse Forest in September 1944.

Additional information


Operation Market Garden


The Netherlands

Type of tour

Private tour

Manner of transportation

Walking tour


To be confirmed

Location start point

Wings of Liberation Museum

Start time

09:00 hours, 13:00 hours


3 hours


Tour booklet


Normal walking stamina required