Market Garden - Sonse Forest by foot

Introduction

Shortly after the paratroopers of 101st Airborne landed on Sonse Heide H-502 reinforced with some engineers set out to capture the Best road bridge over the Wilhelmina Canal. Their mission failed from the start due to navigational errors and German machinegun fire, and getting caught in a fierce firefight with German reinforcements coming in by truck from Boxtel. As matters got worse the entire 3rd battalion and later also the 2nd battalion was drawn into the fight as Germans kept pouring men and equipment into the battle. The American dug in on the edges of Sonse Forest, while Germans managed to infiltrate these woods setting up strongpoints all over the place. Confused fighting in these woods followed...
 
In this tour we will walk the woods that were the scene of heavy fighting in September 1944. During this walk the battle will be explained as well as how what these woods looked like back then. You will discover foxholes, strongpoints and trenches both German and American throughout the forest.
 

Tour highlights

  • DZ
  • Prelude to the battle
  • Foxholes of 502 PIR
  • Cole's monument
  • Joe Mann
  • German foxholes
  • 502 PIR and 327 GIR mop up  

Duration

This tour takes half a day. The distance we will walk is just under 10 kilometers.
 

Possible tour days

Standard on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays. Other days of the week only by mutual agreement.
 

Price, bookings and payment

This tours costs EUR 24 per person based on a booking for a "mixed group" tour. Different prices for a private tour may apply depending on group size. Prices, terms and conditions can be found here.
 
You can easily book the tour via the booking form on this page, or by contacting me directly. By submitting a booking you agree to our terms and conditions. 
After receipt of you booking request I will verify availability on the tour date(s) requested. If needed I will contact you to discuss details or other options. Presuming a requested tour date is possible I will sent you a confirmation email containting an invoice stating the total amount due and the deposit amount (if applicable) needed to complete your booking. Full payment is due 10 days prior to the start date of the tour.  
 

Transport and pick up location

This is a walking tour. No other transport than your own legs are needed. You do however need to get to the pick up location yourself. This pick up location as well as other details will be send to you after receipt of full payment and a couple of days in advance of the tour