Event Updates
All Allied and German armored cars, half tracks ect are welcome to fight in our two battles. Morning tactical Saturday in the gravel pit and afternoon town bridge battle. We have plenty of room to work in. We to are going to try to ask the owner of the other pit that we used the 1st few years if it can be in play again at least for Infantry. The logging trails and pits roads still head over there..

New for this year we will need Dutch Civilians for our event. No German this year. All Dutch civilians must wear some kind of orange on their person. This can be a armband, scarf, swath of orange fabric, flags etc. Our Dutch civilians will be able to pass out cookies, rolls or breads to their Liberating Allied Troops. This will gave everyone some time to make a Dutch impression and bake too. The Ladies Homefront Auxillary of the 99th Infantry Division will again have their Social and raffle for all period civilians / female military on Saturday afternoon before the town battle.

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INFORMATION FOR SPECTATORS 
11th Annual Battle Reenactment Market Garden - Nijmegen
Saturday August 3rd 3:00 p.m.

Camps are open to public on Friday evening Aug. 2 and on Saturday from about 11:00 till 2:00 p.m., and also after the battle, on Sat. 
Camp grounds are located just down river of the bridge, with plenty of ample parking. There are military venders located at the camp where souvenirs and collectibles may be purchased. Small lunches and sandwiches may be purchased at an authentic military field kitchen, located on camp grounds. 

There is no PUBLIC CAMPING available at our Reenactment site. Only reenactors are permitted at our camping sites They are pre-registered and pre-paid event fees.

Just as the battle begins on Saturday there will be Dutch civilians, carrying their most valuable possessions, retreating through the town, escaping the German Troops, and crossing the bridge. We believe there are no other reenactments that show what Dutch civilians did during this battle. 

All veterans of all Wars are invited and we have a large viewing area with seats and shade. The shaded area is reserved for our older veterans. Special parking for handicap persons and veterans. Water is provided for veterans and toilets are on site. This area is located at Buckingham and King street, close by the bridge.

The Tidioute bridge closes to the public at 2:00 p.m. REOPENS at 4:00 p.m. This is to prepare the bridge for the pyrotechnics.
  Tidioute is a small town located on the banks of the Allegheny River. The town very closely resembles Nijmegen, Holland. The river is 500ft wide, the Rhine River is 700 ft wide. Both bridges are steel girder construction. 

We are expecting between 250 and 300 reenactors. There will be dozens of military vehicles, including both German and U.S. armor. Halftracks, tanks etc.  The battle in town is very up close with the public being only yards away, or you may watch across the river on a hill just off Route 62.

The battle starts in Tidioute, the bridge is blown after the Allied troops retreat, and ends on the other side the river, with the capture of the bridge, and surrender of the Germans. 

Parking in Tidioute is limited to on street parking or wherever you may find it. There are a few small restaurants located in Tidioute.There are commercial motels located in Warren Pa. Located about 15 miles north of Tidioute on rt. 62.

NO DRONES AT THE CAMPING OR PUBLIC BATTLE. This is for public safety.
NO PUBLIC CAMPING ALLOWED AT THE MILITARY CAMP OR PARKING AREA 

PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE: Please stay behind all safety yellow barricade tape and ropes.
Armor vehicles have blind spots and cannot see you or your children if you are in the street. Do not pick up any spent  brass blank cartridges until after the battle. They get very hot. Please obey  all FIRE AND POLICE PERSONNEL. 
2019 Event Vendors

Vendors for the 11th Annual event will be updated!

Atlantic Wall Blanks; Mt. Vernon, OH
Battlebaby ARMY / NAVY; Erie, PA
Tionesta Am Vets, Post 113; Tionesta, PA

Event Sponsor:

VFW Post 8803; Tidioute, PA

The battle of Nijmegen: Hsitorical background
The Battle of Nijmegen or Liberation of Nijmegen occurred in the Netherlands from 17 to 20 September 1944, as part of Operation Market Garden during World War II.

The Allies' primary goal was to capture the two bridges over the Waal River at Nijmegen – the road route over the Waalbrug (Waal Bridge) and Nijmegen railway bridge – and relieve the British 1st Airborne Division and Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade at Arnhem, 10 miles (16 km) north of Nijmegen. The Allied infantry units at Arnhem were surrounded by German forces, and involved in heavy fighting for control of bridges over the Rhine.

Delays caused by hastily-organised German reinforcements at Nijmegen, ultimately led to the failure of Operation Market Garden. It took the Allies longer than expected to secure a land route to Arnhem, where the British and Polish forces were forced south of the Rhine and sustained massive casualties. In addition, fighting at Nijmegen cost hundreds of civilian lives, and caused significant damage to many buildings in the city.

Waal Crossing

When the British XXX Corps could finally cross the Waal Bridge, it was too late to relieve Arnhem.

The planned crossing of 8:00 had to be delayed time and again because of logistical problems: the supply of canvas boats by truck from Belgium was difficult, since Hell's Highway was narrow, and constantly blocked by burnt-out vehicles.

The crossing finally took place at 15:00, about two kilometres downstream from the Waal Bridge, near the old Gelderland Power Plant. Two British Spitfires were to provide the rowers air support, but flak shot one down, after which the other returned to England.[3] The paratroopers of the 3rd Parachute Infantry Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment were fired on by German tanks, artillery and small arms, suffering losses (48 troopers were killed with several dozens more were wounded). Some boats capsized or sank during the crossing.

Despite the losses, at least 16 boats survived the initial crossing. A field telephone line was laid on the riverbed for communication across the river.

In several waves, most of the assault force from 3rd PIB succeeded in crossing the river.

By the late afternoon, 3rd PIB had taken the northern end of the railway bridge, and began preparations for a German counterattack. Instead, however, at dusk about 200 to 300 German soldiers approached the Americans to surrender. Around the same time, the Waal Bridge's northern end was seized by another group after an extraordinarily bloody fight. The 1st Battalion then relieved the 3rd to guard the railway bridge.

Time was ticking away for the British tanks and artillery on the south bank of the Waal, as their munitions were running low. This and unforseen delays in supply logistics presented a long-term problem, because of the munitions required by XXX Corps to complete its advance to the Rhine.

In the battle for the Waal Bridge in the Hunnerpark and on the Keizer Lodewijkplein, over 300 of Kampfgruppe Euling's 500 German soldiers lost their lives, 60 were taken prisoners, and the rest were able to escape.

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