The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market-Garden

The bridge at Son-photo’s

These three photo’s show the Bailey bridge that was placed as a replacement for the old Son bridge.
This Bailey bridge was a lot better in handling heavy traffic like tanks that weighed several tons.
In the morning of 19 september the job was done and heavy tanks where able to cross the Wilhelmina canal and advance on to Arnhem.
One of the German 88’s in Son. This particular gun was positioned in front of the Aloysius school, about 200 yards from the bridge.
18 September. After Generaloberst Student, the German commander in this area, ordered its demolition, the bridges over the wilhelmina canal at Best were also destroyed.
The destroyed drawbridge over the Wilhelmina canal at Breugel a few miles from Son. This bridge was already destroyed by the Germans on 13 september.
Also the bridges at Best were destroyed by the Germans a few day’s later.
De brug bij Son, foto's

The bridge at Son photographed from the Son bank in the direction of Eindhoven after engineers temporarily repaired the destroyed part of the bridge.

Its clearly visible that only one part of the bridge is destroyed, the Son side, the Eindhoven side is still intact.

The positions of the 88's and the partial blowing of the north side of the bridge is clearly evidence that the Germans prepared their defence for a force fighting its way up to the north, from the direction of Eindhoven.

They did not expect that troops would attack them from the rear.

The reason the bridge was only partly blown is of much importance, it is easier to defend it!

The enemy (the Allies) if as suspected by the Germans would have come from the Eindhoven side, would have to had to cross half way the bridge to repair the destroyed part and by doing so would have been exposed to German fire.

If it was done the other way around it would have been tactically a lot easier for the enemy (the Allies) to repair the bridge on defending side.