- Point of Interest
- Reek, Landerd, Netherlands
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In the surroundings of the municipality of Landerd, you can meet eyewitnesses who tell about their personal experience of the Second World War. At 6 locations in Reek, Schaijk and Zeeland, you can find tall steel characters who tell a true story that took place at the location in question during the war. You can meet a RAF pilot who tells about a plane crash, a boy who stood during operation Market Garden along Hell’s Highway and a Dutch soldier who tells about the fights at the Peel-Raam Line.
These eyewitnesses stand on almost the authentic locations where the story took place and are clearly recognizable in the landscape.
More information and a cycling route along all eyewitnesses can be found on www.eyewitnessesww2.nl
Operation Market Garden
Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. It aimed to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas (Meuse), Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands in order to outflank the heavy German defences of the Siegfried Line and to insure a swift advance towards Berlin.
Towards the German capitulation in the Netherlands
In May 1940 the Netherlands was occupied by German forces. It would take five years before they could be ousted. The final drive to liberate the whole country was launched in February 1945 after the so-called ‘Hunger Winter’ had led to 20.000 fatalities in the still occupied territory.