Nijmegen the 82nd airborne assault across the waal dutch civilians ride on a jeep during the advance towards nijmegen 20 september 1944 cromwell tanks of guards armoured division drive along hells highway towards nijmegen during operation market garden 20 september 1944. United states united kingdom the battle of nijmegen or liberation of nijmegen occurred in the netherlands from 17 to 20 september 1944 as part of operation market garden during world war ii nijmegen us 82nd airborne division 1944 barnsley pen and sword. 18 september 1944 during the night troops of the 508th tried in vain to capture the bridge over the waal at nijmegen the germans had set up defenses around the bridge which were hard to destroy by the lightly armed paratroopers of the the 82nd airborne division. The nijmegen bridge captured by the 82nd airborne in september 1944 the bridge probably isnt the story here its what the 504th pir of the american 82nd airborne had to do to capture it on 20th . The us 82nd airborne divisions failure to capture the main highway bridge over the waal river at nijmegen before 20 september also delayed the advance of xxx corps at the furthest point of the airborne operation at the battle of arnhem the british 1st airborne division encountered initial strong resistance
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