As we have already heard, TWO chairmen - former
SS officer Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and
Lord Peter Carrington were both heavily involved
in the Nijmegen/Arnhem Operation Market Garden
debacle of September 1944 (see below).
For the background watch the fine film A Bridge Too Far
In September 1944 the Wolfheze Hotel in
Oosterbeek was the HQ of the Nazis Army Group B -
the HQ of Field Marshal Walther Model.
Sometime over the next decade the name of the
Wolfheze Hotel was changed to Bilderberg Hotel
which, from anecdotal evidence, seems to have
been bought by Prince Bernhard himself during that time.
Model was the direct oposite equivalent to
Bernard Montgomery who planned Market Garden
The plan was a failure but very nearly succeeded
but for any one of three massive errors
1. The plans of MG were found by Germans in a
crashed glider so the SS knew exactly what was
planned (but was this a made-up story to cover
for Bernhard's spying in Whitehall? how else did
several German generals appear to have 'prior knowledge' of the attack)
2. Despite having up to 80 sherman tanks at their
disposal - (The 40 tanks each of the Irish Guards
and the Grenadier Guards regiments, WG & CG were
tied up elsewhere) Carrington, Adaire, Horrocks
and the Guards Armoured division failed to
advance after sucessfully crossing the Nijmegen
road bridge which the 10th SS panzer divsion
commander had rigged to blow - but it did not
blow up. Heinz Harmel was unprepared for the
Nijmegen road bridge to fail to blow up so had to
put together a blocking force in Elst that night,
but before he had a chance to do that it looks
almost certain that Carrington and the other
tanks would have had almost no resistance, this
is according to the German Artillery maps for
that evening which show there were virtually no
german forces between Lent and Arnhem.
3. Brigadier Lathbury of 1st Airborne Division
failed to send several companies to the Arnhem
bridge despite being given a clear route (Lion
Route) to the main objective of Market Garden
over the radio by Major Tony Hibbert who was at the bridge.
But most importantly -
It seems absolutely clear now that the first ever
Bilderberg meeting was held in the former
headquarters of the Nazis' Army Group B - Field
Marshal Walther Model's SS WW2 HQ!!! Exactly 10
years after operation Market Garden ... which
Bernhard was spying in at the behest of the King
George VI who put him in the planning job ... and
Lord Carrington was the lead tank that 'stopped
for tea' in the Bridge Too Far film.
food for thought Arnhem and Bernhardt – Dave B.
Posted on March 20, 2012 by Admin
If you look at (‘From a Bridge too far’):
and scan down to the fourth map, you will see
that the German blocking force (Battalion Krafft)
shown as black line, waiting ready for 1st
Airborne on that sunny afternoon on Sunday 17th
September. The battalion obviously has its HQ
right there in the Bilderberg Hotel (Wolfheze Hotel).
If you look at the Drop Zones 9and landing zones)
on proceeding map the line was abreast 1st
Brigade’s route to Arnhem, at least some of the Brigade.
As you can see the Recce Squadron (yellow) ran
straight into the line and had to double back
quicktime. Only 2nd Battalion (Frost) and some of
1st Brigade HQ (with Brigade Major Hibbert, but
without Lathbury, the Brigadier) made it through to Arnhem.
The 3rd Battalion (think they came from glider
landing) got round the southern flank but failed
to get anywhere near Arnhem and the 1st Battalion
had to skirt round the block to the north and also failed to get to Arnhem.
How did this blocking force happen to be in the
right place at the right time??? and just a short while after landing.
So you can see that Bilderberg Hotel was where
the 1st Airborne (and MG) came unstuck
(effectively) right after the Sunday drop – a
good place to celebrate 10 years later with 1st Bilderberg meeting.
Top German Hermann Abs (Chairman of Deutsche
Bank), Hitler’s banker and IG Farben guy was
there (he must have thought it very appropriate
venue) along with another 8 or 9 Germans.
It would be good to know when name was changed
and why (to disguise real name Wolfheze in case
someone in the British contingent noticed?).
I wonder if the name (Bilderberg) has any particular meaning.
You say Bernhardt owned the hotel, did he acquire it after MG debacle?
I reckon Bernhardt (and Retinger) must have been
laughing down his sleeve at getting all those
Brits to gather at this notorious location.
Credits: The Battle For Arnhem – A Bridge Quite Near
recent revelations that show Field Marshal
Montgomery’s Operation Market Garden, in
September 1944, aimed at severing German supply
lines on the Western Front should have worked. It
was early morning in Holland on Sunday 17th
September 1944 and as the gliders and
paratroopers poured down along a sixty mile
corridor to hold the bridges. The furthest bridge
from the front line at Arnhem became the focus of
attention as and the biggest airborne operation
in history unfolded. Was it really ‘A Bridge Too
Far’ as the title of Cornelius Ryan’s book and
Robert E. Levine’s famous film imply? Or could
the tanks and ground troops of XXX corps have
gotten through to relieve the surrounded British
paratroopers? With Arnhem only 10 kilometres, a
30 minute drive away and a virtually clear road
ahead – General Horrocks’ M4 Sherman tanks
inexplicably halted for 17 hours. By the time the
tanks started rolling at lunchtime the next day
British paratroopers had run out of ammunition,
been forced to surrender and German Panzer 5 &
Tiger tank reinforcements had arrived to block
the way. The Nijmegen bridgehead was established
around 19:00hrs, 3 hours later, at 22:00hrs that
evening the British were forced to surrender at
the Arnhem bridge. So paratroopers of the 1st
Airborne division at Arnhem bridge may have been
relieved in the nick of time and war in Europe
could have been over six months earlier, by
Christmas 1944. We look at Cornelius Ryan’s book
‘A Bridge Too Far’ as well as Joseph E. Levine’s
film of the same name. Interviews with: Captain
T. Moffatt Burriss, author of ‘Strike and Hold’
who was commander of i-company, 504th regiment,
82nd Airborne division during the legendary Waal
river crossing; Robert Kershaw author of ‘It
Never Snows In September’ who interviewed 10th SS
Panzer Division Brigadeführer Heinz Harmel,
commander of the German defence of the Nijmegen
and Arnhem bridges; Major Tony Hibbert who was a
senior officer of 2nd batallion 1st brigade,
British 1st Airborne division at the Arnhem
bridge; Tim Lynch author of ‘Operation Market
Garden: The Legend of the Waal Crossing’; Sir
Brian Urquhart, army intelligence officer in the
run-up to the operation he was critical of it and
transferred before it began… but later became
Secretary General of the newly formed United Nations.
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