30Mar

Photo report Opening 'Airborne at the Bridge'

On 30 March 2017 the information centre Airborne at the Bridge opened at the new location. Guests of honour at this event were three Arnhem veterans: Arthur Letchford, David Whiteman and Geoff Roberts. Arthur is one of the few remaining veterans who reached the bridge and fought here.

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26Mar

Memorial Short Stirling I N-3709 unveiled

On 26 March 1943 Short Stirling I N-3709 of RAF 7 squadron crashed near the village of Etten. The aircraft was on the return flight from a bomb raid over Germany. It was set on fire by German anti aircraft guns. It had just crossed the German-Dutch border when it was shot down by a German Messerschmitt 110 nightfighter. The seven crew members all perished.

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16Sep

Photo Report Commemoration Oosterbeek with Boris Johnson

OOSTERBEEK - On 16 September 2016 the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attended an extra commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem at the Military Cemetery in Oosterbeek. Also attending was the Dutch Foreign Secretary Bert Koenders.

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14Sep

Rededication Service six Graves The Border Regiment

There are a couple of hundred graves for unknown soldiers at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. These soldiers could not be identified when they were buried shortly after the war. Recently and with the help of modern DNA technology six soldiers of the Border Regiment could be identified, 72 years after they had passed away.

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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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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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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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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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Sep2014

Open Air exhibition ‘Airborne in Ede’

Since early September the lawn outside the town hall in Ede is the venue for an open air museum.

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Sep2014

Excavation Halifax DT795

RAF Handley Page Halifax DT795 crashed at Wapenveld (Netherlands) on the 3rd of April 1943. The seven crew members perished. On 8 September 2014 the excavation of the aircraft has started.

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Sep2014

68th Airborne March

The Airborne March is the largest one-day march in the world. This commemorative march is held every year on the first Saturday in September to memorialize the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. The Airborne March is an hommage to the more than 1.750 British and Polish soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Anhem and who are buried on the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek. From the beginning the nett revenues of the Airborne March are used to enable veterans and next of kin with poor means, to come over to The Netherlands and attend the annual Airborne-commemorations in and around Arnhem. As of 2011 other charities are supported, provided that they are in accordance with the ideology of the Airborne March and comply with the policy's rules and regulations.

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