14Oct

New book recounts the last Christmas of World War II

How was Christmas celebrated and experienced during 1944, the last year of World War II? This question is answered in the newly published book Christmas under Fire, 1944, written by the Dutch WW2 expert Kevin Prenger.

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13Oct

World War 2 Youtube Series - October 12, 1940 - Itís raining bombs, keep calm and carry on...

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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30Sep

Photo Report Race to the Bridge 2019

On the Saturday afternoon in the weekend of the commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem, the Race to the Bridge is held. It's a convoy of historic vehicles which follows the route of the Airbornes in 1944 from the landing zones near Renkum to the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. On the way back the column drives through Oosterbeek via the Utrechsteweg.

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26Sep

Photo Report Interment of ashes Arnhem veterans at Oosterbeek Cemetery

On Friday 20 September 2019 the interment of ashes of two veterans of the Battle of Arnhem took place at the Oosterbeek War Cemetery. First was the ceremony for private Steve Morgan of the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment. The second ceremony was for private Dennis Collier of 156 Battalion Parachute Regiment. Both veterans attended frequently the annual commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem. The Oosterbeek War Cemetery is the only location where the Commonwealth War Graves Commission allows interments of ashes.

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26Sep

Photo Report Interment of ashes Arnhem veterans at Oosterbeek Cemetery

On Friday 20 September 2019 the interment of ashes of two veterans of the Battle of Arnhem took place at the Oosterbeek War Cemetery. First was the ceremony for private Steve Morgan of the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment. The second ceremony was for private Dennis Collier of 156 Battalion Parachute Regiment. Both veterans attended frequently the annual commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem. The Oosterbeek War Cemetery is the only location where the Commonwealth War Graves Commission allows interments of ashes.

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25Sep

Photo Report ĎAirmen in the line of fireí

On 20 September 2019 a memorial was unveiled in Opheusden to commemorate all plane crashes during World War II in the Neder-Betuwe region. The memorial ĎAirmen in the line of fireí consists of a main element made of a column with the silhouette of an aircraft. On both sides there are two rows, 16 columns in total, each showing the silhouette of an aircraft. They symbolise the 16 aircraft that crashed in the area of Neder-Betuwe during World War II. An information panel nearby illustrates the history in brief. This panel and each column refer to a website with information on each aircraft and its crew. The combined Committees 4/5 May in Neder-Betuwe are responsible for the memorial and its unveiling.

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25Sep

Photo Report Unveiling memorial Flt David Lord VC, DFC

On 19 September 2019 a memorial was unveiled to [bioid]102,Flight Lieutenant David Samuel Anthony Lord VC DFC[/bioid] at the Reijerskamp in Wolfheze Netherlands. It was at that day exactly 75 years ago that David Lord crashed with his Dakota on Landing Zone S during a resupply flight for the 1st Airnborne Division which was fighting the Battle of Arnhem. David was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his brave attempt to drop the supplies at the right place although his aircraft was on fire.

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24Sep

Photo Report Airborne Memorial Wolfheze

The commemoration at the Airborne memorial in Wolfheze was held this year on Sunday 22 September. In this service special attention is given to the Glider Pilot Regiment, because this unit adopted this memorial as theirs. Two Arnhem veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment, Ron Johnson and Frank Ashleigh, attended the ceremony.

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23Sep

Photo report Commemoration Mausoleum and laying of flowers Ede Cemetery

On the Monday morning after the Arnhem Airborne Commemoration weekend, is short ceremony has been held since several years. In the Mausoleum thirty resistance men are buried. After the Battle of Arnhem, the resistance played a very important part in helping Airborne soldiers in hiding. This was very dangerous to do. On monday 23 September 2019 a service was held. Around hundred people attended this in company of the Arnhem veterans John Jeffries and Sam Kendrick. Mayor of Ede mr. Verhulst held a speech.

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23Sep

Photo Report Airborne Cemetery Oosterbeek

On Sunday 22 September 2019 the annual commemoration was held at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. Very many people came to the cemetery. Several veterans of the Battle of Arnhem were attending the ceremony.

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21Sep

Photo Report Airborne Landing and Commemoration

On 21 September 2018 the Airborne Landings and commemoration was held at Ginkel Heath near Ede, Netherlands. Very many were attending the event because it not only was the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem, but the weather couldn't have been better. British crown prince Charles and Dutch princess Beatrix attended the ceremony and talked to the veterans after the commemeration.

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19Sep

Unveiling plaque Hendrika van der Vlist

On Thursday 19 September 2019 a memorial plaque for Hendrika van der Vlist was unveiled at the Schoonoord restaurant in Oosterbeek. During the Battle of Arnhem Hendrika lived with her parents in Hotel Schoonoord. The hotel was in the frontline of the Battle and British soldiers started to use it as a dressing station. Together with other volunteers, Hendrika helped hundreds of wounded British, Polish and German soldiers. The plaque was an initiative by Michiel ter Horst and Sophie Lambrechtsen, children of Kate ter Horst.

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18Sep

Photo Report Unveiling of the Landmark at Ginkel Heath

On 18 September 2019 the Airborne Landmark 'Windows of the past' was unveiled at Ginkel Heath near Ede. After the speeches John Jeffries, an Arnhem veteran who jumped at Ginkel Heath with 4th Parachute Brigade on 18 September 1944, had the honour to do the unveiling. The ceremony was followed by a couple of fly-by's.

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10Sep

Photo report unveiling memorial 10th Battalion Parachute Regiment

On Saturday 7 September 2019 a memorial was unveiled for the 10th Battalion the Parachute Regiment. The location is at Burrough on the Hill, near Somerby in Leicestershire. The project was an initiative of the 'Friends of the Tenth'. This foundation raised the required money via crowd funding. Around 600 people were attending the ceremony.

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1Sep

WW2 Youtube Series - August 31, 1940 - 366 Days of Crushed Hopes, Suffering and Death

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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27Aug

Photo report erecting Airborne Landmark Ginkelse Heide

On 18 September 2019 it is exactly 75 years ago that the 4th Parachute Brigade landed on Ginkel Heath at Ede as part of Operation Market Garden. So that will be the perfect day to unveil the new Airborne Landmark. The landmark is a scuplture, not a memorial. It gives an impression of the Airborne Landing.

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19Aug

WW2 Youtube Series - August 17, 1940 - Il Duce Kicks Churchill Where it Hurts

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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21Jul

WW2 Youtube Series - July 20, 1940 - Good People on Both Sides?

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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1Jul

Unmarked graves of the only British soldiers who died in Germany between WW1 & WW2

As the long period of public remembrance and reflection marking the centenary of the outbreak and the bloody course of WW1 comes to an end, it is worth highlighting a particular commemorative plight arising from the British governmentís decision to determine 31 August 1921 as the official end of the war. This is an account of the British Armyís indifference to the plight of the only British soldiers, 30 of them, who died in Germany whilst implementing conditions of the Treaty of Peace, and who lie buried in Europe without any form of commemoration or recognition.

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30Jun

WW2 Nation about Erwin Rommel and the German invasion of the west

After some time of not making new videos, WW2 Nation started a new series of video documentaries on their YouTube channel. In this series the British team members visit the location of Hitler's invasion of Belgium and France during the spring of 1940. Below you can watch the first episode, in which the role of Erwin Rommel during the German invasion of the west is described.

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23Jun

WW2 Youtube Series - June 22, 1940 - Nazi Europe?!

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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19Jun

WW2 Youtube Series - June 15, 1940 - Britain Votes to Leave

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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12Jun

Rough Guides follows in the footsteps of the liberators

On 1 July 2019 Liberation Route Europe Foundation and Rough Guides present a travel book about the liberation of Europe during World War II, titled Travel the Liberation Route Europe. The book covers hundreds of locations through regions in nine different countries, focusing on the liberation routes of the Allied advance. TracesOfWar.com asked the authors, Nick Inman and Joe Staines some questions by e-mail.

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6Jun

Photo and video report D-Day 75 years [update!]

You canít have missed that yesterday and today in Normandy the allied invasion of 6 June 1944, 75 years ago, is commemorated. TracesOfWar.com is there. Below an impression. More photos will follow later.

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4Jun

WW2 Youtube Series - June 1, 1940 - Brexit at Dunkirk

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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