Arnhem Race to the Bridge

There are a few towns and places whose names can evoke instant emotion when World War Two is mentioned. Stalingrad, El Alamein, Monte Cassino, Colditz to name a few, and then there is of course Arnhem. Nine days of vicious fighting, heroism, stoic defence and the film A Bridge Too Far released in 1977 have all helped to cement the bridge and the town in World War Two folklore.

To debunk a few Hollywood myths; firstly the film, A Bridge Too Far, wasn’t filmed in Arnhem but the small town of Deventer about 25 miles north. This location was used because the centre of Arnhem was so badly damaged during the war and all the new buildings were far too modern for authenticity necessitating a change of location.


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