The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market Garden
The bridge at Son-photo’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. It is clearly visible
that only one part of the bridge is destroyed by the Germans, the Son side. The Eindhoven
side of the bridge is still intact. The positions of the 88's and the partial blowing
of the north side of the bridge is clear evidence that the Germans prepared their
defence for a enemy 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, as it is easier to defend
it! The enemy, if as suspected by the Germans would have come from the Eindhoven
side, they would have had to cross half way up 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 to repair the
bridge on their defending side.
These three photos 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 were 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 days later.