Apr2016

Video: Barbed Wire

The father of filmmaker Bob Entrop has been a prisoner between 1943 and 1945 in the camps Altengrabow and Muhlberg at the Elbe and wrote there the book BARBED WIRE about it. He belonged to the large group of soldiers to voluntarily given the choice in 1943 to report or to hide. Most of them went to work normally after the mobilization. Now, 65 years later, six men between 90 and 96 years speak, for the first time, richly illustrated with unique footage and recordings of the former camps about their captivity and why they have volunteered.

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Sep2015

Commemoration Ginkel Heath 2015

On Saturday 19 September 2015 the annual commemoration of the Airborne landings was held at Ginkel Heath, Ede, The Netherlands. Due to low clouds the morning para drops were cancelled.

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Sep2015

Three ceremonies for the interment of ashes of an Arnhem Veteran

On 18 September 2015 there were three interments of ashes at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek of Arnhem Veterans that had passed away recently.

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Sep2015

Funeral John Joseph Kennel

On 16 September 2015 John Joseph Kennel was buried at the Oosterbeek Airborne Cemetery. Many people attended the service despite the heavy rain.

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Jul2015

Flood of input WW2Awards.com

As team of volunteers working on the website WW2Awards.com, we are very pleased with the many input we receive from our visitors. For this we would like to thank you all. The amount of input we receive however is such that regulearly we receive questions why the input has not been added yet.

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May2015

Liberation Parade Wageningen 5 May 2015

On 5 May 2015 the annual Liberation Parade was held in Wageningen. It was 70 years ago that the German capitulation, and therefore peace in the Netherlands, was signed in Hotel 'de Wereld'. Many foreign veterans attended this event for the 70th commemoration. It is likely that this will be the last time that such a large number of World War Two veterans come over to the Netherlands.

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May2015

160 British veterans at the Airborne Museum

In the period from 3 till 5 May 2015 160 British veterans have a trip to the Netherlands to commemorate that this country was liberated 70 years ago. The veterans travel in London taxis. This morning they arrived at Hook of Holland. After lunch at Bronbeek they were hosted at the Airborne museum at Oosterbeek. Despite the rain many people attended this event. For some there was an opportunity for a meet & greet meeting with a couple of the veterans.

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Feb2015

Photospecial In the footsteps of the 82nd Airborne Division 2015

Two years ago we already were present also; In the footsteps of the 82nd Airborne Division is a yearly organized march referring to the battles of the 82nd Airborne Division in the Ardennes. This year the locations that were visited, were related to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The start and finish were in La Gleize, world famous for its enormous Tiger II Tank. Your reporter left the Netherlands on Friday, in order to drive in two days from the German border in a westerly direction via La Gleize to the farthest point of the German advances during the Ardennes offensive, near Dinant.

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Feb2015

Recipient Military Order of William Van den Hoek (93) passed away

Ridder Militaire Willems-Orde Cornelis Pieter van den Hoek past away in Werkendam, last Thursday at the age of 93. The resistance fighter received the highest Dutch decoration of bravery for his heroic deeds during the Second World War in the Netherlands.

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Dec2014

Photo Report Nationaal Militair Museum

On 13 December 2014 the Nationaal Militair Museum was first open to the public. Since then the museum has been a popular attraction . Your STIWOT reporter visited this unique building on Monday 22 December. Here is his photo report.

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Nov2014

Interment of ashes of Joseph (‘Joe’) Reginald Roberts

On Friday 28 November 2014 was the internment of ashes of Joseph (‘Joe’) Reginald Robertsat the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. Joe died on 20 June 2014 in England at the age of 91 :

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Nov2014

Israeli Ambassador visits Nieuwlande (Dutch)

NIEUWLANDE - De ambassadeur van Israël, Haim Divon, heeft vanmiddag een bezoek gebracht aan Nieuwlande. Hij betuigde daar de eer aan het dorp, dat als één van slechts twee plaatsen in de wereld de prestigieuze Yad Vashem-medaille heeft gekregen. Die onderscheiding wordt uitgereikt door de staat Israël aan niet-joden die tijdens de oorlog hulp aan joden hebben gegeven.

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Oct2014

Bastogne Historic Walk 2014 on the 13th of December, 2014

The 37th Bastogne Historic Walk will take place on Saturday the 13th of December, 2014. The route of the march will lead you through the southern sector around Senonchamps, Villeroux and Assenois. Hikers may choose from a distance of 8, 12 or 20 kilometers (approximately 5, 7.5 or 12.5 miles). Registration for a fee of € 6.00 from 07:00 till 09:30 AM and departure from 08:00 from the Sports Center in Bastogne.

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Oct2014

The Juno Letters

Monday, 6 October 2014. I am in Normandy on a STIWOT Battlefield Tour. I am on Juno Beach on this wet and stormy morning. My interest in the Canadians in Normandy is known for years with my STIWOT colleagues. I read and write articles about it. Today my colleague tells about the actions on the beach, stories I have known for years. I take advantage of the moment to walk over the beach alone. All by myself, with only the sound of the surf. However one can never really be alone on that beach. The film in the Juno Beach Center later that day will confirm this. The title: They walk with you. I know the stories, the names, the faces... On the beach tears fill my eyes.

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Sep2014

Thank you Mr Veteran event

On Sunday afternoon 21 September 2014 a large music and dance party was held in front of the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek to thank the veterans of the Battle of Arnhem Thank you Mr Veteran.

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Sep2014

DZ X Renkum, 19 September 2014

On Friday 19 September 2014 there was a lot going on at former Drop zone X along the Telefoonweg at Renkum. There were a lot of re-enactors and there was a commemorative service at 1:00 PM.

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Sep2014

Rhine crossing 18 September 2014

On Thursday afternoon 18 September the Rhine Crossing of September 1944 was re-enacted. The event had been organised by the Liberation Task Force in coöperation with the Koninklijke Landmacht (Royal Dutch Army).

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Sep2014

Service Airborne cemetery Oosterbeek

On Sunday 21 September 2014 the annual service at the Airborne cemetery at Oosterbeek took place. For the majority of the veterans, this is the most important event in the commemoration weekend.

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Sep2014

Commemoration Ginkel Heath

On saturday 20 September 2014 the annual commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem on Ginkel Heath was being held. This is the Drop Zone where the 4th para brigade landed on 18 September 1944.

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Sep2014

Photo report Wolfheze 17 September 2014

There was a lot going on today in Wolfheze. The Glider Collection Museum was open, there were vintage vehicles and, last but not least, para drops.

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Sep2014

Commemoration Airborne Memorial Oosterbeek

It has become a tradition that a commemoration is held at the airborne memorial in Oosterbeek on the wednesday morning prior to the airborne weekend.

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Sep2014

Photo report start Market Garden Commemorations 2014

Monday the 15th of September at 9:00AM the commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem 2014 started in de province of Gelderland. At that time 70th commemoration flags were hoisted by the King's commissioner mr. Cornielje and mayor of Arnhem mr. Kaiser.

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