Arnhem trip for Rugby cadets

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Cadets from Rugby were joined by others from across the midlands at the 67th Airborne March to commemorate the Battle of Arnhem.

The 15km procession took place through the Dutch towns of Arnhem, Oosterbeek and Wolfheze. The event commemorated the 1944 Battle of Arnhem when Allied forces parachuted behind enemy lines and fought against German forces retreating across Europe.

Cadets spent three days in the area around Arnhem, visiting well-known locations from the Second World War such as bridges at Arnhem and the surrounding area where Allied soldiers fought for control during Operation Market Garden.

After the march, Cadet Pelling said: “It’s been hard work, but very rewarding”.

The trip’s organiser, Warrant Officer Ariss from 1289 Squadron, added: “Overall the cadets have found the trip to be very interesting and enjoyable.”

Cadets spent time following the route taken by allied forces in 1944 visiting well know landmarks from the war as well as museums including the National War and Resistance Museum at Overloon, which is one of the oldest war museums in Europe, and has a large collection of military vehicles on display.

They visited the Airborne Museum Hartenstein in Oosterbeek. During the battle the building was the headquarters of the British forces fighting in and around Oosterbeek and Arnhem.

Cadets also journeyed to Germany and visited the Reichswald Forest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery where many Allied soldiers and airmen are buried.

Rugby Air Cadets is open to young people aged between 13 and 18 and is based at the Territorial Army Centre in Edward Street. Visit