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Market garden 1944-2014

Article about: Eidhoven, a city nearby where I live, was in 1944 liberated on September 18. This year it was 70 years ago and some festivities are held these days as a token of rememberance. Yesterday ther

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    Means allot to me from my NL heritage, and have had the privilege to visit the areas. Lest We Forget

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    Let us never forget their sacrifice.
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    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Practically everyday now there are celebrations along the
    route for Market Garden and the towns and villages around.
    A base-camp is now at Veghel where the route will be
    continued in the coming days, along with many wartime vehicles,
    into the direction of Grave.

    Here a note from the Eindhovens Dagblad-newspaper
    about a big welcome at Son where some old veterans
    looked at the building of a Bailey-bridge:

    Groots onthaal bij baileybrug in Son (see images):



    The local newspaper everyday has articles in the series:
    Weg naar de Bevrijding (Road to liberation), as well as
    articles about what people rememberred when they were liberated.
    History repeats when children welcome the convoy at Mierlo-Hout,
    a part of my hometown city (Helmond)! And a story of a guy, who remembers
    the smell of chocolate!



    Helmond was liberated September 25, 1944. Here a poster for the liberation-


    As a vet (no, not a wartime vet, but a vet that was active during his time 1961/1962)
    I will attend the special ceremony for the killed soldiers at a chapel in the afternoon,
    September 25th. at my hometown Helmond.
    Note my one-of-a-kind special patch, handembroidered. There does not exist a second one!
    (Nuns did the job for me, many years ago on my special design).

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    Last edited by Wilhelm Saris; 09-17-2014 at 01:44 PM.
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Again some "setting the tone"-images about the many celebrations about Market Garden in our province.
    Also at Oosterbeek there were ceremonies.

    At Grave American paratroopers (with modern helicopters and equipment), liberated the bridge there.
    All the rest all over was again routes with old vehicles and visits of foreign vets, that actually were there in 1944.
    In schools vets and members from Dutch resistance told about what happened in those days. Or stories
    from old people what they remembered from the liberation.




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    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Lichtjesroute: 22 kilometers vol nostalgie (a tour of nostalgia).

    Eindhoven, which is nearby, remembered yesterday they were liberated.
    Since many years a "light-route" exists, which was "founded" in honor of
    their liberation. In 1984 it was again re-instituted and is a wonderful event
    through the city with a length of about 22 km. It is open for a period of
    about a few weeks, every day between 20.00-24.00 hours and one can ride
    the route by car or bike and occasionally with special busses.

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    September 19, 1944 the Germans bombed Eindhoven. 177 inhabitants were killed.
    This put a damper on the joy of liberation.

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    Still there are many celebrations all over the our province (Noord-Brabant), tours with old
    WWII vehicles and other things:

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    At Groesbeek landed 300 hundred US paratroopers from the 82th Airborne Division, to celebrate
    the liberation there. There is a good museum, as there are more around in this area as for example
    at Oosterbeek (Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein'), Overloon (Nationaal Oorlogs- en Verzetsmuseum)
    and Best/Son (Bevrijdende Vleugels).


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    See also the thread by Gerrit about Operation Market Garden 2014 (run an impression).
    Last edited by Wilhelm Saris; 09-19-2014 at 02:59 PM.
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Great Photos and a Great Thread!!! I must have missed it.
    I have been along part of the route a few times, I was very Surprised How many Canadian CANLOAN Officers were attached to the British Airbourn Div. And how many Died.

    Dean O

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    Nice post Wilhelm

    Last edited by gerrit; 09-19-2014 at 09:02 PM.

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    As the days before: books are being released, vets - coming over from the USA, Canada
    and United Kingom - speak with children at schools, festivities and celebrations were held
    or will be held this weekend and announced in the newspapers:


    Multimediaspektakel op de John Frostbrug bij 70ste herdenking Operatie Market Garden.
    Het evenement is voor iedereen vrij toegankelijk. U bent van harte uitgenodigd.

    Op 19 september 2014 vindt in Arnhem de herdenking plaats van Operation Market Garden
    met daarin de Slag om Arnhem. Het wordt een zeer bijzondere herdenking met een centrale
    rol voor de brug die 70 jaar geleden centraal stond: de John Frostbrug.

    (festivities at Arnhem near the John Frost-bridge in rememberance of Operation Market

    Today, Saturday. early this morning the tour with old vehicles was continued. They expect some
    hundreds of thousands spectators. Much photos will be taken and films made.

    Or stories from people how they remembered the liberation:
    Frank Mugglestone from Leicester in 1944. A postcard with greetings and the saying
    "Goedverdoeme bloempot", which he had learned: Goddamned flowerpot!
    Or parts from the diary from Flip Bastion, 12 years old who took part, making music
    during the route, sitting on an old American Dodge from 1942, seventy years later.

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    There is simply too much to show it all.
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    With post 15 I told about the "Lichtjesroute", an about 22 km long route through the city of Eindhoven
    where along the Streets ornaments and decorations with light-bulbs and leds give a special sphere,
    visited every year by thousands in the evenings. All kinds of ornaments are to be seen, as the "V" for
    Victory, liberations-torches, the eagle from the 101st Airborne Division and so on. For those living nearby:
    between 19.00-22.00 from Sunday through Thursday; and Friday and Saturday until 23.30 uur

    For the 70 years of celebration of the liberation special decorations were developed, to be seen at the
    Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan: portraits from Eisenhower and Montgomery with in between the line:
    OK, we'll go

    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    How far can one go??

    On Sunday before the football-match in the PSV-stadium at Eindhoven,
    in rememberance of the liberation and in honor for the paratroopers,
    some paratroopers jumped and landed upon the centre spot.


    Many more celebrations were held in the weekend. Just a random choice:
    Forces crossed the Waal-river, to remember what happened in 1944.
    Some old vets crossed again with them. One of them was 97 years old,
    James Megellas, who visited the country for the liberation ceremonies.

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    At Driel our King Willem-Alexander, along with the Polish president Komorowski,
    was present to lay a garland for the fallen Polish liberators at the Polish monument.
    Twelve 90 years old Polish liberartors (or older) were present - one even laying in a bed -
    and all got a big applaus. "Rehabilitation" for the paratroopers brigade, which landed
    at Driel 21 of September 1944.


    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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