Friday, August 06, 2004

A River Runs Through It

After spending two days in Rhinelander, Wisconsin as part of an antique car tour that has morphed into an annual family reunion, I'm now off to Amsterdam for a eight day business trip.

I'll be spending a couple of days in Amsterdam, but most of the time I'll be in Veenendaal, a smaller city in the Netherlands about an hour from Amsterdam. If everything works out as planned, and I don't get hopelessly lost in the Dutch countryside, I'm going to make a run to Arnhem, site of one of the critical battles in Operation Market Garden; the Allies ill-fated attempt to use airborne troops to seize and hold key bridges and open a pathway into the heart of Germany.

The span at Arnhem of course was the infamous "Bridge Too Far" that could not be reached by Britsh armored forces before the valiant paratroopers were overwhelmed (or forced to withdraw) by superior German forces. The river that the bridges crosses is the Rhine.

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