On 17 September the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment jumped
over drop zone B in Son, the Netherlands, as a part of Operation
Market Garden. The 502nd PIR is one of four rifle regiments of
the 101st Airborne Division. Their assignment was: Secure the
drop- and landing zones for the glider landings, attack Sint-Oedenrode
to seize and hold the bridges over the Dommel river and seize
and hold the bridge at Best over the Wilhelmina Canal.
The 502nd PIR would never had guessed that German resistance at
Best would be so intense. The reason for the German strength in
Best, was caused by the retreat of German forces coming in from
the west of the Netherlands. The 15th German army was retreating
from the Scheldt estuary, accompanied by many small groups of
battered divisions coming from Normandy. When operation Market
Garden started, a lot of these troops were located in between
Boxtel and ‘s Hertogenbosch. Although most German divisions
were decimated in Normandy, the German brass organized the defense
of the corridor quickly. They formed small fighting groups (Kampfgruppe)
and sent them into action immediately. At the time Company H made
its way for Best on the 17th, a fighting force of about 1000 German
soldiers were already in Best. Later during that day, more enemy
reinforcements were sent to Best, including the 59th and 245th
Division and two SS police battalions.
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THIS IS THE LATEST EDITION OF THIS MODULE AS OF 2023.