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107. A tank too many

Because the advancing route of the British is still under German attack and the column is constantly being forced to halt, the Allies seek alternative routes for their tanks and other equipment. Perhaps they will succeed in advancing towards Eindhoven along this road. But, for that to happen, this bridge must be able to bear the weight of the heavy tanks.

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Because the British advance route was still under German fire and the column was being continuously brought to a halt, the Allies looked for alternative routes for their tanks and other equipment. The bridge over the River Dommel in Veldhoven was perhaps a possibility. It was reconnoitred by a unit of armoured vehicles, commanded by Lieutenant Palmer. As a result, on September 18 1944 at half past nine in the morning, they were the first liberators of Veldhoven. This reconnaissance unit drove west in a wide circle around Eindhoven and made contact with the U.S. 101st Airborne Division in the northern part of Eindhoven at a quarter past twelve. Later in the day, it turned out the bridge was too weak for the heavy British tanks.

Tourist information

Onze lieve vrouwendijk / De Run, Veldhoven near the bridge, south of the highway A67
GPS code: 51° 24' 11.9874"N 5° 25' 37.056"O