Lest we forget: cadets make special trip to remember soldiers who lost their lives at Arnhem (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Lest we forget: cadets make special trip to remember soldiers who lost their lives at Arnhem
ARMY cadets from Dorset made the trip to the Netherlands to commemorate wartime sacrifices at Arnhem.
Many Dorset soldiers lost their lives at Arnhem in 1944 in a battle that has been immortalised in the book and film A Bridge Too Far.
Each year, the residents of the town organise a march to honour those who fell and those who survived.
The 4th Dorset Regiment was involved in what was known as Operation Market Garden, with 300 men killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
The trip by the Dorset ACF included 22 cadets and six adults.
It included a visit to the war cemetery and the Airborne Museum and participation in the 15km march at the weekend.
They also visited the Airborne Memorial.
Colour Sergeant, Steve Forder, who organised the visit said: “There was an incredible atmosphere, I reckon there were 50,000 people there.”
“This was the first time we have made the trip and we wanted to pay our tribute, to all those involved in Market Garden.”
He added: “With a sea of walkers, marching bands and flags flying it was an experience that none of the cadets will forget, I’m sure.”
He added: “All the youngsters were shocked when they walked around the graves and saw how young the soldiers were – around their own age.”
Over 10,000 US and British airborne troops were dropped into the area but they were unexpectedly trapped by an SS Panzer Division.
The Dorsets were tasked with helping evacuate the remnants of the airborne troops.
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