National Geographic : 1946 Feb
British Official Here, under Daylight Fire, American Paratroopers in Assault Boats Crossed the Waal River and Captured Nijmegen Bridge Intact On September 20, 1944, the Stars and Stripes was raised over the far shore. Meanwhile, Britons stormed the bridgehouse (right), where theNazis made adesperate stand. Though the enemy mined the span, Dutch patriots cut the wires and saved it. Then German swimmersin rubber suits vainly tried todynamite it. Liberated, front-line Nijmegen endured German bombs and shells for 137 days. Arnhem, ten miles away, saw the battle that might have decided thewar in1944.