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WORLD WAR II PARATROOPERS

HOLLAND 2004

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This page will feature pictures from my trip to Holland in 2004. There is audio on this page. The music on this page is the theme from the movie "A Bridge Too Far".

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Featured first on this page are two of my prized possessions. I was given these two small mementos by Mr. Piet van Riel who has resided in Eerde his entire life. They were personally carved by Piet himself and feature the date of the invasion, the Eerde windmill, the sand dunes and American paratroopers falling from the sky.
 
Piet is quite an accomplished artist and he paints, draws, carves wooden objects and weaves some wonderful baskets. Piet and his family lived in the large house that sits next to the remainder of the Eerde windmill. He witnessed first hand the Invasion of Holland and related  some of his stories to me.
 
Prior to meeting Piet and his lovely wife, I was at the windmill taking pictures and by chance met up with a couple of Dutch reinactors who asked if I wanted to meet a man(Piet) who lived next to the windmill during the war.  Of course I jumped at the chance! I was invited into the Van Riel home and treated like I had known them for many years. Piet is a fan of Jack Daniels and was made an honorary member of the 101st Airborne Division some years ago.
 
My sincere thanks go out to all my friends in Holland. Without them I would not have met Piet and his wife and would have had a difficult time finding some of the places that I wanted to see.

501st monument next to the Eerde windmill.
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Names of 501st paratroopers who fought in Eerde.
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Names at the windmill.
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More names from the windmill.
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Sign on the windmill.
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The Van Riels.
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The sand dunes were directly behind the Van Riels home.

The Van Riels and my friend Ad van de Laar.
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Ad introduced me to some great people while in Holland!

The church in Eerde.
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The steeple was blasted as it was used by observers.

Eerde. Krochka took a pic at this same location.
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Compare to a period pic on page 175 Vanguard of the Crusade.

Monument next to Col. Johnson's "Klondike" HQ.
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Same monument outside of "Klondike" in Veghel.
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"Klondike". This served as Col. Johnsons HQ.
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Located in Veghel.

The entry gates to "Klondike".
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Plaque on "Klondike" HQ.
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The railbridge in Veghel.
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"Hells Highway" Looking towards Nijmegen.
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The highway is actually about 800 yards from this new highway. Thanks to Erwin Janssen for this info

Nijmegen bridge approaching from the south.
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The Nijmegen bridge.
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Nijmegen Bridge
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Myself out front of Hartenstein Hotel.
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The hotel now houses an excellent museum.

The back of Hartenstein Hotel.
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Located in Oosterbeek, just outside of Arnhem.

Ryan atop a British Sherman tank.
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Outside the Hartenstein Hotel.

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