Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
L2
Overasselt
1944

Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies

Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies

On Sunday September 17 1944, one of the biggest airborne landing operations of all time took place above Overasselt and Nederasselt. The American 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment landed in the meadows to the north of the two villages.

Market Garden
This regiment formed part of the 82nd Airborne Division, which was dropped on that day between Eindhoven and Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden. General James M. Gavin and his men had the task of occupying the high ground near Groesbeek, thus protecting the bridges over the rivers Maas and Waal, and the Maas-Waal canal. In the days after September 17, many Waco gliders landed in and around Overasselt and Nederasselt, as well as near Groesbeek, because thousands of troops had to be provided with material and supplies.

Hunger-winter
The Allied advance was hard-fought in this area, which for several weeks was in the front line. Once the tanks of the British 30th Corps finally crossed the River Maas and drove through the streets of Nederasselt and Overasselt, many locals were confident theat the Liberation of the Netherlands was finally at hand. No-one yet realised, however, that the population to the north of the great rivers would still face a long, hard Hunger Winter.

Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies
Nederasselt – Freedom falls from the skies

Vrijheid valt uit de lucht

NL 02 - Nederasselt
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