If you watch A bridge too Far again, watch the scenes with the ‘Bridge of Son’ (there are two)
Son (= Son en Breugel) is a village north of Eindhoven, and the bridge over the Wilhelmina canal was of great strategic importance. Actually the entire area around Son was crucial during the last stages of the war in the South of Holland. A regiment of American soldiers landed north-west of Son during operation Market Garden (September '44) and there were a few fierce battles between the allies and the Germans. In '94, fifty years after the events, I did some work for the local authorities (I already lived in Belgium then) as an interpretor. I spoke to several American veterans and their families and to a few Germans as well. Most of them were in their (late) seventies. I suppose several of them have died since then. Some conversations were very emotional. Several veterans remembered names and adresses of Dutch girls they had known in those days and asked me if I could arrange a meeting. I some cases I could.
I lived some twenty-five years at a distance of not more than 50 meters from the Son Bridge. The roof of the house in which I lived, was damaged by the explosion of the bridge.
The ‘Son scenes’ weren’t shot in Son, but I have no idea were they were actually shot