Vitesse Arnhem’s new kit honours British paratroopers’ service and sacrifice
While the Allied forces lost the Battle of Arnhem and the larger operation (Market Garden) was unsuccessful, the 1st Airbone held out much longer than expected, despite facing tanks, artillery, and mortars, and suffering heavy losses. As a result of the casualties, the division never saw combat again and was disbanded after the war ended.
During the eighth day of the battle, Alan Wood, a war correspondent embedded with the 1st Airborne in Arnhem, wrote "If in the years to come any man says to you 'I fought at Arnhem,' take off your hat to him and buy him a drink, for this is the stuff of which England's greatness is made."
It's heartening to see that, seventy years later, both Vitesse and the city of Arnhem continue to raise a glass.
It should be noted that this isn't just something Vitesse did this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle.
There is an entire airborne museum in Arnhem, and Vitesse has been wearing a version of the airborne kit for years. Veterans from the 1st Airborne are regularly invited back to Arnhem, and are feted like the heroes they are.
Both Bertrand Traore and Wallace got the start, and it looks like Kelvin Leerdam might be moving from right back to defensive midfielder this season. If so, that's great news for Wallace, as he would have almost zero chance of displacing Leerdam, the club's leading returning goalscorer, having scored eight goals from right back last season.