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I made this entry with respect. Respect for those brave man who gave there lives for our freedom.

Today was the day that two things came together.I will met travel buddy friends and i will visit the Airborne museum in Oosterbeek. When i arrived at the museum i was the first to arrive, and there where a lot of kids, music, police and fire fighters. What was going on. Sinterklaas was coming to town. When Gejah, Jos, Jan,Walter,Keiko and Harry arrived, sinterklaas arrived to. It was a good start for the day. When the old man left the building, the kids where leaving and everything came to rest.

Ok..... the airborne museum. It all starts  17 September 1944 when general Montgomery launches the operation Marget garden. It was an combination of a surprise attack by airborne troops to capture the bridges across the rivers ( Marget) and the ground troops to occupy them (garden).

a gift to the dutch people
Nearly 12.000 British and polish airborne soldiers where fighting in and around Arnhem. The hartenstein hotel became the headquarters of the operation, lead by commander major- general Urquhart. This former headquarter is now the airborne museum . Here you will find step by step what happens on that day of the 17 September 1944 till the withdraw days later. New is the airborne experience. A 900 square meters diorama who will give you a idea how it was in that period.

More information about the museum ( www.airbornemuseum.nl), here you will find everything you need to know. Also a lot of books and films are mede of the operation. One of the most known is the movie "A bridge to far".

At the end of the visit take some time and visit the was cementry, a couple of miles away of the museum. Here all these brave man, British, polish and Dutch are buried here. There are volunteers who will tell you the stories of the people who died for our freedom. One of these volunteers is doing this for almost 40 years. One story about the twin brothers gave me goosebumps.

After all the impressions we went to Arnhem for a meal and finish a very impressive day with the travbuddy friends in a Turkish style restaurant called the rijnmozaiek.

JP-NED says:
Great blog Richard!
Respect!
Posted on: Nov 25, 2009
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a gift to the dutch people
a gift to the dutch people
The former headquarter hartenstein
The former headquarter hartenstein
in a waco glider
in a waco glider
Gejah taking a picture of Jan
Gejah taking a picture of Jan
airborne experience
airborne experience
airborne experience
airborne experience
airborne experience
airborne experience
The war cementry
The war cementry
The rijn river
The rijn river
choose the menu, jos, jan and gejah
choose the menu, jos, jan and gejah
Dinner is served
Dinner is served
Oosterbeek
photo by: JP-NED