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Capt Alfred Packer's watch and uniform.<br />
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A super-rare Rolex watch taken from the wrist of a captured German diver by a World War Two hero has emerged for sale for £30,000.<br />
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Captain Alfred Packer captured a team of German divers trying to blow up the bridge at Nijmegen in Holland during Operation Market Garden in 1944.<br />
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The enemy frogmen placed fixed charges to the underwater footings of the railway bridge and the nearby Waal road bridge but, in their exhausted state, it proved a bridge to far for the German divers and they exited the river in the middle of the Britsh troops.<br />
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Their exclusive Rolex Panerai watches were originally made for their Italian allies before they had exited the war, and are now highly prized by collectors.