On Tuesday morning September 19th 1944 the last attempt of the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshires and the 11th Parachutists Battalion to break through to the Rhinebridge failed. After heavy casualties, the remains of the British forces pulled back permanently to Oosterbeek.
Fighting ravaged the Utrechtseweg for nine days. Superficial damage inflicted during the swift liberation became total during the siege. Dutch civilians had elected to stay in their houses. Like the British, they were to be caught unawares by the ferocity of the rapid German reaction. This one street saw or heard virtually every development that took place during the nine-day battle of Arnhem in September 1944.