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John Frostbrug

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Identification

John Frostbrug
Rijnbrug
A Bridge Too Far
1246820

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Structure in General

bridge
existing [completed]
steel

Usages

vehicle traffic

Facts

  • Just after the war between 1945 and 1946 the bridge was temporarily replaced by a Baileybridge
  • The bridge was the last bridge across the great rivers in The Netherlands for the allied troups to be taken over in 1944 and free the rest of the country and the rest of Europe. It didn't work and the northern part of The Netherlands had to face a period the Dutch called the "Hunger-winter". The bridge proved to be "A Bridge Too Far".
  • Named after Lieutenant-Colonel John Dutton Frost, who was one of the commanding officers who led operation "Market Garden" in september 1944. After "Market Garden" on the 21st of september 1944 he was taken hostage by the Germans, until the end of the war. After that he still served as an army-officer. The bridge was named after John Frost in 1978.
  • The railing on the bridge is painted in a Bordeaux-red colour, representing the background-colour of shield of the 1st Airborne-division who had to take over the bridge in 1944. At night the bridge is lid with blue lights, also representing the colour on the shield of the 1st Airborne-division
  • The bridge was originally completed in 1935, but was destroyed in 1940 for the first time to prevent the German invasion for happening, which didn't help. The second time the bridge was destroyed in 1945 by the Germans. The current bridge is the third in succession and is an exact replica of the other 2 bridges.

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Location

Arnhem
Gelderland
Netherlands

Technical Data

393.70 ft
1946

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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