We visited Oosterbeek for the first time since the beginning of the corona crisis. It was good to be back in these surroundings that are so familiar and historic to us.
We first went for coffee at Schoonoord Restaurant, on the site of the former Schoonoord Hotel, British field hospital during the Battle of Arnhem.
We then drove past the Tafelberg on the Pietersbergseweg. During Operation Market Garden in September 1944, this was a British dressing station for wounded soldiers.
German Field Marshal Walter Model commanded Army Group B, and was responsible for all German forces between the North Sea and northern France. Model had moved his headquarters to Oosterbeek a few days before the start of Operation Market Garden. He himself had taken up residence in Hotel de Tafelberg on Pieterbergseweg in Oosterbeek. His staff had moved into the nearby Hotel Hartenstein. His headquarters was located not far from the British landing zones. On September 17, 1944, when the airborne landings began, Model fled headlong from his headquarters to General Bittrich's headquarters in Doetinchem. The old German headquarters in Oosterbeek were occupied by the British shortly thereafter. Hotel Hartenstein served as headquarters, while Hotel de Tafelberg was put into use as a dressing station.
Finally, we drove to De Hemelse Berg. On Main Avenue is a field grave of the two Polish soldiers Dymitr Abramluk and Lukasz Kozak from 3rd Battalion of 1st Polish Indemendent Parachute Brigade. The Poles were most likely killed on Monday 25 September 1944.

After our visit to Oosterbeek, we drove to the Ginkelse Heath. There we viewed the monument Windows on the Past for the first time.
The design Windows on the Past is by designer Karin Colen from Den Dungen. Colen's design marks the location where Allied paratroopers landed in 1944.
On the return trip, we enjoy delicious coffee from Starbucks.