In the summer of 1976, the municipality of Deventer was the Hollywood setting for A Bridge Too Far, the legendary war film about the Battle of Arnhem, for six months. In honor of Remembrance Day, we also dig into the personal history of the owners with a Ford GPW and a Harley Davidson Liberator: they played front and behind the scenes in Een Brug Te Ver.
‘A sleepy Dutch town on the IJssel river’. This is how the municipality of Deventer was mentioned in the New York Times, when it was announced in 1974 that the picturesque Hanseatic city had been chosen as the location for the historical reconstruction of Operation Market Garden. The film was based on the war novel by Cornelius Ryan, the Irish-American journalist who had previously caused a furore with ‘The Longest Day’, his bestseller about the D-Day landing on the Normandy beaches. The filming of ‘The Longest Day’ could still be filmed on the rocky coast of Pointe du Hoc in 1962, but thirty years after the war it was no longer obvious to also use the original locations for ‘A Bridge Too Far’ …
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