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Dorset cadets march to remember the dead
MEMBERS of the Dorset Army Cadet Force joined thousands of people at a march in The Netherlands to remember the war dead.
The walk is known to be the largest one day march in the world and commemorates the Second World War’s Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.
Dorset soldiers suffered multiple casualties in the battle, with 300 killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
The Airborne March pays tribute to more than 1,750 British and Polish soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Arnhem and who are buried in the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek.
It has been held for 67 years and this was the first time Dorset cadets have attended. More than 17 nationalities take part in the march every year.
Lisa House, of the Dorset Army Cadet Force, said: “For the first time Dorset Army Cadet Force sent 22 cadets and six adults.
“The trip started with a visit to the war cemetery and the Airborne Museum.
“On September 7 at 11am, we started the march. It began with a military parade, where the cadets proudly represented Dorset and they then completed a 15km march, in two hours and 50 minutes.”
Every year more than 30 bands accompany the participants at the start, during the march past in the morning outside the Airborne Museum, and when they all return in the afternoon.
As part of the battle, members of the 4th Dorset Regiment were tasked to help evacuate members of the 1st British Airborne Division Hard.
Operation Berlin saw the Dorset men evacuate 2,400 troops after they were trapped by the 9th SS Pz Division in German occupied territory north of the lower Rhine.
This ended Operation Market Garden and 300 lives were lost among Dorset troops.
Lisa said: “With a sea of walkers, and an electric atmosphere with marching bands and flag flying, it was an experience that won’t be forgotten."
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