The John Frost Bridge - John Frostbrug

The John Frost Bridge - John Frostbrug

The John Frost Bridge - John Frostbrug
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MJK
Coventry1,072 contributions
This bridge looks like thousands of other bridges in Europe and for someone who is not interested in history it will not be worth paying more attention to.

However, I am a history lover (especially WW2 period) and for me it is a special place, I have seen before in films and about which I have read a few books. It was the place, I always wanted to visit - and I have finally managed to do it!

Of course, it's all about operation Market Garden in September 1944, and it is the bridge which turned out to be the one too far.

For all those who like history and would like to fully understand what I am writing about, I highly recommend watching the movie "A bridge too far", the day before visiting this place (just like I did, even if I've seen it five or six times before).
This will also explain the name of the bridge: John Frost bridge.

I can only add that the current bridge is fully "historical", because even if it was built after the war, it is practically a copy of the construction from 1944 and even the original pillars were used during the reconstruction (if you look closely, you can even see some bullet marks).
Written September 8, 2022
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Arguably the most historically poignant landmark in Arnhem, The John Frost Bridge is depicted in A Bridge Too Far and based on the true events of the Battle of Arnhem.

The bridge was renamed the John Frostbrug officially in December 1977 and great views can be had from the side of the Lower Rhine (Neder Rijn) River. Be sure to visit the Airborne at the Bridge free exhibition nearby.
Written August 12, 2020
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Bob V
Austin, TX553 contributions
Couples
My wife and I watched A Bridge Too Far the night before we arrived in Arnhem. We wanted to refresh our memories about what transpired here. Watching the film helped put into perspective the events that led up to the carnage that occurred here. We visited the little museum near the northern base of the bridge and learned even more about the key players involved in Operation Market Garden. Then we walked across the bridge and tried to envision the ferocious fighting that went on here. Pretty amazing. Clearly this is not the same structure that was the focus of the Battle for Arnhem, but it is a fairly truthful reproduction. Take the walk across and back, and stop to ponder the bravery of those who fought here.
Written June 12, 2014
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BrissieJim
Brisbane, Australia238 contributions
The Airborne Museum right near the John Frost Bridge is small but gives a good overall understanding of the battle. It uses 3-D screens to show the story from the perspective of three men who were killed at the site - an Englishman, a German and a Dutchman. Downstairs there is also a large video screen showing the battle on a map. The museum is modern and has excellent facilities for the disabled, including a lift.
Written October 14, 2019
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Karsiniwati
Arnhem, The Netherlands294 contributions
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Since there are already so many recenses over this famous bridge, I suggest people to watch first the film " A bridge too far ", or otherwise as well to read the book over the time toward the end of the Second World War where the Alliance troop arrived in an around Belgium and the Netherlands. I always got tears when only to passed this bridge whenever my thought come into the lives of thouzands of young soldiers who were died on the batled only to get the other side of the Rhine river.
Written November 14, 2015
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Manualders
Phuket, Thailand40 contributions
Family
Ok, to many people it is just a bridge. But it is THE bridge of Arnhem with a very important historical value. They have a very good information centre regarding the battle of Arnhem next to the bridge. Worth visiting if you don't know what the bridge is all about.
Written September 18, 2015
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RossBristol
Bristol6 contributions
Family
Its not the original bridge as that was destroyed later in the war, but the abutments are genuine and you can see where the shell and bullet chips have been patched up.

A good adjacent museum, although not easy if you don't speak Dutch, and a moving memorial on the quayside. All the official memorial information is in various languages including English.

The Rhine is much narrower than we imagined and standing on the Bridge brings home the huge loss of life for a few yards of steel - albeit very important steel.

The Dutch do not intend to forget what happened and their appreciation of the sacrifice of the British and Poles is still very clear.

Memorials are all over the area, all clean and well tended.
Written August 10, 2014
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John E
Derby, UK399 contributions
Couples
We were staying in Amsterdam but made the one hour trip by train to see this famous bridge. Its an excellent, educational day out and the bridge itself is just as good - if not better than we had anticipated. Right next to it is a small museum that gives an insight about the battle around the bridge during the last war. The museum is free and gives good information about the battle and there are also a few exhibits and pictures on an area at the centre of the road just after the museum. After this we caught a number 1 trolley bus to Oosterbeek to visit the war cemetery and museum.
Written May 17, 2014
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DaveCooper-Mcr
Manchester, UK57 contributions
Couples
Amazing to trace footsteps of those brave men. Do a little homework before hand so you know the story and recognise the land marks
Written November 16, 2019
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Martin F
Stockholm, Sweden922 contributions
Friends
Since I saw that movie I wanted to visit the bridge and this time I took a tour visiting the battlefields running up to this bridge. The bridge itself is not much to see but its history surrounding it is.
Written July 31, 2019
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