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Moor Park Mansion to commemorate Battle of Arnhem

 Published on: 9th September 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Moor Park Mansion will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem by holding  a lunch and presentation at the historic building. On September 28, it is 70 years since Moor Park Mansion became the centre of the British War efforts, as the 1st Airborne Division set about planning the daring operation known as ‘Market Garden.’ Their plan was to drop 35,000 Allied troops behind German lines, including landing 11,900 troops in Holland by parachute and gliders to seize the Arnhem bridge across the northern part of the river Rhine. At Arnhem Bridge a nine day battle was courageously fought and lost. Of the 9,000 members of the 1st Airborne Division sent on ‘Market Garden’, under 2,000 returned home. This will include real life recollections of the battle by some of the survivors as Moor Park was due to location of the Battle of Arnhem. The day starts at 11.15am with a parade and refreshments in Moor Park Mansion Hall and that will be followed by an illustrated talk in the Arnhem Room about planning the attack. Lunch will then be held in the Dining Room at 1pm and then a presentation of a picture to Moor Park Golf Club by the Glider Pilot Regimental association will be held. The picture is called Reminiscences of Arnhem as veterans of the battle describe their experiences and then the presentation will be immediately followed by a mock evacuation. Moor Park will also be holding the annual 10k on the same day but traffic will be allowed on the estate throughout the day but drivers have been urged to take extra care. For further information call 01923 773146 or email;

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