Articles

  • Article by Peter ter Haar
  • Published on July 24th, 2015

Fliegerhorst Havelte

In May, 1940 the  Luftwaffe took over the captured Dutch airfields. They were soon enlarged in the framework of the war against Great Britain. At first, only two new airfields were constructed: Volkel in North-Brabant and Peest in North-Drenthe near Norg. The last one was ultimately not used due to the ground water of the place. Only in the end of 1942 was construction started of a third new airfield, at Havelte in Southwest-Drenthe.

  • Article by Gerd Van der Auwera
  • Published on September 29th, 2013

KW-line

Belgium strongly figured in her defenses on the protective power of the Albert Canal. When the German troops marched into Belgium on May 10, 1940, it was of great importance that the allied troops had enough time to reach the Albert Canal, so they could fight the Wehrmacht together with the Belgian troops. This soon proved vain hope. Despite many defenses, gun emplacements and -fortress Eben-Emael which was considered to be invincable, the line at the Albertkanaal was overrun in two days. The Belgian troops retreated towards the KW-Linie, the "iron wall" between Koningshooikt and Wavre.

  • Article by Peter Kimenai
  • Published on November 13th, 2015

Maisy Battery

On D-Day,the American Rangers, specially trained elite soldiers, captured in a spectacular way Pointe du Hoc, a cliff of over 30 metres high between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach.Pointe du Hoc had been designated as one of the prime targets for the landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 by the Supreme Commander Dwight D.Eisenhower. According to allied intelligence services, there were six 155mm howitzers, but when the Rangers took the Pointe du Hoc it turned out that the German artillery was not present. Still Omaha Beach and to a lesser extent Utah Beach, were shelled for days by enemy artillery fire. The American invaders initially had no idea where the fire came from.

  • Article by Frank van der Drift
  • Published on May 18th, 2015

Mulberry harbours for Overlord

The allied invasion on the European mainland brought several problems with it. The most important was the problem of supply. Next to supplying the troops that had already landed new divisions had to be transported in order to expand the force on shore. These troops had to be supplied as well.

  • Article by Paul Moerenhout
  • Published on September 9th, 2016

RAF-base Downham Market

RAF Bomber Command used The Royal Air Force (RAF) base RAF Downham Market during World War Two. Bomber Command executed many bombing missions during World War Two. These missions were aimed at cities and military targets in Germany, Italy and several other occupied countries. RAF Downham Market functioned from its opening in July, 1942 as an auxiliary base for RAF Marham. RAF Marham, which had its origins in the Great War, had become too busy because of the increasing flying movements. RAF Downham Market served as a back-up for the increasing bomber movements so that they could safely land. A fully equipped squadron was transferred from RAF Marham to RAF Downham Market. Two months before the airfield was opened, the first aircraft had landed.