MACZEK’S HONOUR

MACZEK’S HONOUR

Authors Juriaan van Waalwijk & Moniek Hover Location Breda, Cemetery/ Memorial Theme Freedom Because of his military experience, Stanislaw Maczek became commander of the 10th Motorised Cavalry of Poland in 1938. After the German invasion in 1939 he arrived in...
VILLA V-1

VILLA V-1

Author Birgit Barten Location Lith – Villa V1 Theme Freedom By the start of 1945, Brabant had largely been liberated but was not yet safe. V-1 flying bombs were regularly flown over Brabant from the occupied area to strategic Allied targets, such as the port in...
HE’LL COME HOME IN THE SPRING

HE’LL COME HOME IN THE SPRING

Author Hadewijch Zwart Location Beelsstraat, Helmond (Sobriëtas building) Theme Freedom Stories went around about Winando even before the war. The man, whose real name was Henk van Heusen, said he had many gifts, including an ability to predict the future. For the...
I AM VERY FAR AWAY

I AM VERY FAR AWAY

Author Laurie Wolffs Location Roosendaal Theme Freedom ‘I’m very far away, but my heart is back at home. With my wife, who is alone. All I have now is the memory of the fairy tale of my past. However, the day that I will be with you again, is already in my mind....
VETERANS’ GODMOTHER

VETERANS’ GODMOTHER

Author Piet Snijders Location Someren Theme Freedom Someren had already been liberated and there was heavy fighting 1500 metres away at lock gate no. 11. The English liberators attacked with heavy artillery, the Germans defended themselves stubbornly. Without warning...
YOU’RE ALL FREE

YOU’RE ALL FREE

Author Tjeu Cornet Location Borkel (near Valkenswaard) Theme Freedom Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy in June 1944 and quickly liberated Paris followed by Brussels and Antwerp. On 11 September of that year, British troops reached the Dutch border at...
THE FARMER AND THE VAGRANTS

THE FARMER AND THE VAGRANTS

Author Marlon van den Bergh Location on Toon Graumans’ land in Etten-Leur Theme Batttle 44 For a lot of people, daily life continued during the war. The farmers kept their jobs and worked their land. But most of the horses were taken by the Germans, which made...
BLACK FRIDAY: NOT IN VAIN

BLACK FRIDAY: NOT IN VAIN

Author Irene van Kemenade Location Woensdrecht Theme Battle 1944 The Battle of the Schelde was a large military operation in northern Belgium and south-west Netherlands. The operation was started by the Canadian 1st Army Division (including Polish and British units)...
CIGARETTES AS SILENT WITNESS OF A BIESBOSCH CROSSING

CIGARETTES AS SILENT WITNESS OF A BIESBOSCH CROSSING

Author Hannie Visser Location Drimmelen Theme Battle 1944 The unsuccessful Battle of Arnhem brought the liberation of the Netherlands in the autumn of ’44 in Brabant to a halt. This meant that the Biesbosch in Brabant became a sort of no man’s land during the last...
THE DAY MARY WAS NOT WATCHING

THE DAY MARY WAS NOT WATCHING

Author Piet Snijders Location Ommel Theme Battle 1944 There was a ghostly atmosphere in Asten in the night of Wednesday 20 to Thursday 21 September 1944. British grenade fire had caused total ravage in and around the church. Asten was evacuated on the Thursday,...