By Sunday, D-plus7, the beleaguered British 1st Airborne had contracted into a tight knot around the village, anchored by positions on the north bank of the Lower Rhine. Just across the water were friendly forces, but their every attempt to reach the Red Devils had failed. Within the shrinking perimeter the situation was critical. Ammunition was short and for every three men fit for combat, there were two seriously wounded. At 1030 hours, a truce was arranged for the transfer of British wounded into German care. No sooner had this operation been completed, than the shelling began anew. With it came a determined German attack intended to push the paratroopers away from the riverbank and, consequently, their tenuous link with Allied troops to the south.
Attacker: German (SS) (SS-Panzer Division 9 and sPzAbt. 506)