- Joe's Bridge
Joe's Bridge is the nickname given to Bridge No.9 on the Maas -
ScheldtCanal in the Belgian city of Lommeljust south of the Belgian-Dutch border. The bridge was captured by British troops in September 1944, becoming the springboard for the ground offensive of Operation Market-Garden.
The original bridge had been destroyed by the Belgian Army in 1940, but the Germans had constructed a wooden
Pontoon bridgeto the west of it. This bridge was taken on the evening of 10 September 1944by the Irish Guardsunder the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.O.E Vandeleur. While the Welsh Guardsengaged the German forces around Hechtel, the Irish Guards advanced rapidly north-east through the villages of Eksel, Overpeltand Neerpelt, and launched their combined infantry-tank assault, with artillery support, from the grounds of the zinc processing factory in Overpelt. They succeeding in taking the bridge undamaged.
The capture of the bridge completed the encirclement of German troops in Hechtel. German units tried for some days to recapture the bridge from the north but were driven off, once at the point of the bayonet. Once the bridge was secure, men of the 615th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, set about repairing it, while the Irish Guards secured a bridgehead along the N69 main road towards
Some 3 km to the east, in the centre of Lommel, SS troops had placed 40 randomly-selected Dutch civilians in the street, at machine gun-point, as a human shield. However the swift advance of the British from the east prevented a massacre. The Germans held the north side of the Maas-Scheldt canal up to the 17th September, apart from the area around the bridge.
The bridge became known as "Joe's Bridge", after Lieutenant-Colonel Vandeleur, or possibly because the RE troop who repaired it were known as "Joe's Troop".
On the afternoon of
17 September 1944XXX Corps began its advance north along the N69 (soon known as "Hell's Highway"), with tanks of 2nd Irish Guards leading. A heavy bombardment had been made on known enemy positions, but information was sketchy and numerous elements of the German battle group survived, including SS and Fallschirmjägertroops. Within minutes German anti-tank guns knocked out the lead tanks, so the British called in airstrikes from rocket-firing Typhoons. This silenced the guns, and the road was cleared of wreckage by armoured bulldozers, while infantry mopped up, thus setting a pattern for the rest of the advance towards Valkenswaard and Eindhoven.
The bridge was rebuilt after
World War IIand a memorial below the southern edge of the bridge records its famous name. The Irish Guards Memorial is on the northern bank, on a side-road off the road to Valkenswaard.
Today Joe's Bridge is the starting point of the "Airborne Trail", a 200 km footpath to
Arnhem, created as a permanent reminder of Operation Market-Garden by the Dutch hiking association "Ollandse Lange Afstand Tipperlaars" (OLAT). It was officially opened in September 2004, during the festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the Liberation.
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