Operation Market-GARDEN

10.SS-Panzerdivision Frundsberg
Image: a killed Waffen-SS pioneer at Nijmegen bridge. The 10.SS-Panzer-Division Frundsberg successfully blocked the highway between Nijmegen and Arnhem, and thus effectively sealed the fate of the Allied paratroopers trapped in Arnhem. After the battle, food, medical supplies and personnel to look after the 2,000 British casualties were in short supply. Despite their status as Prisoners of War, German Commanders agreed to let the Airborne medics treat these casualties. German resources were also stretched dealing with their own casualties. What emerged was a British-administered Hospital established at Apeldoorn, near Arnhem which would later become known as the 'Airborne Hospital'. German forces soon established an evacuation chain by ambulance and truck from Arnhem to Apeldoorn. Whilst SS troops guarded the hospital initially, they were soon replaced by regular German soldiers - many of whom were rather old and were quickly nick-named the ‘Bismarck Youth’ by the British. German Commander also agreed more serious cases to be transferred by German ambulance into local Dutch hospitals with more acceptable surroundings. Colonel Graeme Warrack (British 1st Airborne Division) later reported the Germans provided a great deal of help after being impressed by the fighting spirit and gallantry of the British 1st Airborne. Credit: ParaData. Public domain.

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