Entrechment de Engelaar
Fort aan de Buursteeg
Grebbelinie VVAM
Hoeve de Beek

Battlefield Tour with the Friends of the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek on May 15, 2010 to the Grebbe line. This tour coincided with the Grebbelinie day on May 14 and 15 After everyone was provided with a comprehensive battlefield guide with details of the program of that day we left Achterveld. There the Asschatterkade was visited. Here, both remains of the Valley Grebbelinie or shelving of Pantherstellung 1940 as the Germans from 1945 can bee seen. Of the theses of 1940, much of the old line Asschatterkeerkade dike intact. Both the different bunkers as part of the trench were visited. Halfway through the argument is a monument that commemorates the killing of four Dutch citizens in April 1945. Then, four men, two brothers who were evacuated from Renkum, were shot by Fallschirmjäger of the Herman Goering Division. The monument is inaccessible because it lies on private land. The second part of the position is natural and no longer accessible. Besides Asschatterkade located on the opposite side of the Valleikanaal a German bunker from 1945. Although he is partially overgrown by trees, he is still clearly visible. Also this bunker was extensively examined. Subsequently, in Achterveld the former Catholic elementary school was attended. Now this school is a community center but it was still possible too see the original room where o negotiations took place that would eventually lead to the food drop in the western Netherlands n April 30, 1945. Part of the school, two classrooms with the original entrance at the conference use are unfortunately demolished. The current facade of the building and the classroom are now protected. In the classroom, some plaques and a series of photographs remind to that in 1945. After lunch the next stop was on the farm "De Beek" at Scherpenzeel. There was a Dutch camp set up like it was during mobilization from August 1939 to May 10th, 1940. We also saw a demonstration of the Dutch Artillery in 1940, Re-enactment in a part of the reconstructed trench along the Vallei, a field kitchen, a field post position of the Dutch army during the mobilization and a performance by the band of the National Reserve perfected the whole. The farm was a small permanent exhibition. The whole setup was done well and was very educational. There was much audience.
At the Work at the Engelaar east of Scherpenzeel our guide Gerard Gijsbertsen gave an explanation of the fighting around Scherpenzeel. On May 13, 1940 the Germans tried in vain to break through the Grebbelinie from out Scherpenzeel. Although they conquered a part of the entrenchment the Grebbe line remained intact. The last part was a visit to Fortress at the Buurtsteeg at De Klomp near Ede. Using an aerial photograph the combat in this area was focused. Part of the tankditch was clearly visible. The bunkers on the south side were unfortunately hidden from view by trees. Until a few years was a camp here. Gijsbertsen indicated that there they are currently working hard to reconstruct at least a part of this fortress. It is the intention to establish here an information center about the Grebbe line.

  Grebbelinie bij Scherpenzeel

Grebbelinie at Scherpenzeel