Signallers unite in war tribute

Signallers past and present joined together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of an operation that defined the character of the British Army�"s airborne forces.''Today (Sun 7 Sept), commemorative events took place in Caythorpe in Lincolnshire to mark the contribution of troops from 1st Airborne Divisional Signals to Operation Market Garden in September 1944.''The operation saw some 20,000 British and American airborne troops land behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of river crossings to allow tanks to thrust across the River Rhine in to Germany. However, strong resistance prevented armoured forces linking up with the 1st Airborne Division at the final bridge at Arnhem. Expecting to be relieved within 48 hours of landing, the lightly armed paratroopers held out through nine days of brutal street fighting in Arnhem before withdrawing across the river. Over 1,500 British soldiers were killed at Arnhem and nearly 6,500 captured, while five Victoria Crosses were awarded.''Caythorpe was home t
Signallers past and present joined together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of an operation that defined the character of the British Army�"s airborne forces.''Today (Sun 7 Sept), commemorative events took place in Caythorpe in Lincolnshire to mark the contribution of troops from 1st Airborne Divisional Signals to Operation Market Garden in September 1944.''The operation saw some 20,000 British and American airborne troops land behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of river crossings to allow tanks to thrust across the River Rhine in to Germany. However, strong resistance prevented armoured forces linking up with the 1st Airborne Division at the final bridge at Arnhem. Expecting to be relieved within 48 hours of landing, the lightly armed paratroopers held out through nine days of brutal street fighting in Arnhem before withdrawing across the river. Over 1,500 British soldiers were killed at Arnhem and nearly 6,500 captured, while five Victoria Crosses were awarded.''Caythorpe was home t

Signallers past and present came together in Caythorpe on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of a major Second World War operation.

The commemorative events were held in the village to honour the contribute of the 1st Airborne Divisional Signals in Operation Market Garden in September 1944.

Signallers past and present joined together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of an operation that defined the character of the British Army�"s airborne forces.''Today (Sun 7 Sept), commemorative events took place in Caythorpe in Lincolnshire to mark the contribution of troops from 1st Airborne Divisional Signals to Operation Market Garden in September 1944.''The operation saw some 20,000 British and American airborne troops land behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of river crossings to allow tanks to thrust across the River Rhine in to Germany. However, strong resistance prevented armoured forces linking up with the 1st Airborne Division at the final bridge at Arnhem. Expecting to be relieved within 48 hours of landing, the lightly armed paratroopers held out through nine days of brutal street fighting in Arnhem before withdrawing across the river. Over 1,500 British soldiers were killed at Arnhem and nearly 6,500 captured, while five Victoria Crosses were awarded.''Caythorpe was home t

Signallers past and present joined together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of an operation that defined the character of the British Army�"s airborne forces.''Today (Sun 7 Sept), commemorative events took place in Caythorpe in Lincolnshire to mark the contribution of troops from 1st Airborne Divisional Signals to Operation Market Garden in September 1944.''The operation saw some 20,000 British and American airborne troops land behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of river crossings to allow tanks to thrust across the River Rhine in to Germany. However, strong resistance prevented armoured forces linking up with the 1st Airborne Division at the final bridge at Arnhem. Expecting to be relieved within 48 hours of landing, the lightly armed paratroopers held out through nine days of brutal street fighting in Arnhem before withdrawing across the river. Over 1,500 British soldiers were killed at Arnhem and nearly 6,500 captured, while five Victoria Crosses were awarded.''Caythorpe was home t

Caythorpe was home to the division from late 1943, with troops carrying out extensive training in the area in the build up to Market Garden.

The operation saw some 20,000 British and American airborne troops land behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of river crossings to allow tanks to cross the River Rhine into Germany.

However, strong resistance prevented armoured forces linking up with the troops at the final bridge at Arnhem. More than 1,500 British soldiers would be killed there and almost 6,500 captured.

This year’s commemoration saw a squadron from the Colchester-based 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron march through the village, before a service at St Vincent’s Church.

Normandy veteran Harry Leach, 90, who was a Royal Signaller in 5 Parachute Brigade, travelled from Devon to attend the event.

He said: “It means everything to me to be here. I am very, very proud and the service means a lot.”