In the afternoon of Saturday, March 27, 2010 we had a "medical tour 'of Oosterbeek, where within the perimeter several first-aid-posts and hospitals were from the Royal Army Medical Corps: house of Kate Ter Horst, Pietersberg, Tafelberg, de Paasbergschool and Schoonoord hotel. Oosterbeek was the last area that was defended by British and Polish paratroopers during the Battle of Arnhem.

In the afternoon of Saturday March 27, 2010 led by our guide Niall Cherry we visit some places in Oosterbeek where hospitals of heatl posts of the Royal Army Medical Corps were established.
   

Tafelberg

The building 'Tafelberg' served as a home for retired missionaries, but in September 1944 had to make way for those who were injured gaellieerden in Operation Market Garden. It was a long time a boarding school and a hotel in the building. After the war the building until late 1998, occupied by U.S. priests. After the building was demolished and only the façade, the hall floor and stopped. For the rest, it is now an apartment complex. The building 'Tafelberg' served as a home for retired missionaries, but in September 1944 had to make way for those who were injured gaellieerden in Operation Market Garden. It was a long time a boarding school and a hotel in the building. After the war the building until late 1998, occupied by U.S. priests. After the building was demolished and only the façade, the hall floor and stopped. For the rest, it is now an apartment complex.
The building 'Tafelberg' was used for the care of wounded soldiers during Operation Market Garden in September 1944. After the war it had been a boarding school for long and hotel. Untill the end of 1998 US priests were living there. Afterwards the building has been demolished en only the facade en floor were perserved. For the rest  it is now an apartment complex.
   

Pietersberg

 
   

House of Kate ter Horst

View on the damaged house of Kate ter Horst with wracks of jeeps in her garden. On 27 March 2010 I took this comparison photo.
View on the damaged house of Kate ter Horst with wracks of jeeps in her garden. On 27 March 2010 I took this comparison photo.

Kater ter Horst with her child

Kate ter Horst and Liv Ullmann while shooting for A Bridge Too Far
Kate ter Horst with her child. Kate ter Horst and Liv Ullmann while shooting for A Bridge Too Far
   
Kate ter Horst was born on July 6, 1906 at Amsterdam en died on February 21, 1992 at Oosterbeek. She was a Dutch full-time housewife and mother who tended wounded and dying Allied soldiers during the Battle of Arnhem. Her British patients nicknamed her the Angel of Arnhem. Ter Horst was born Kate Anna Arriëns, daughter of Pieter Albert Arriëns and Catharina Maingay. She married Jan ter Horst, a lawyer from Rotterdam, with whom she had six children. One of her daughters, Sophie, still resides in the family home in Oosterbeek. During Operation Market Garden, the British 1st Airborne Division parachuted to capture the Arnhem bridge but was outgunned by the German army. Captain Martin asked the Ter Horsts permission to set up a regimental aid post in their house at the Benedendorpsweg in Oosterbeek. The family consented. During the eight days of fighting, Ter Horst tended to about 250 wounded British paratroopers herself. Some of her most famous actions in looking after the British troops included walking around her home reading the bible to dying soldiers[1] and finding water in the most unlikely places (such as the boiler and toilet) when the house was at the center of conflict. Mrs. Ter Horst wrote about these experiences in a book called Cloud Over Arnhem. In November 1947 her oldest son, Pieter Albert, was killed by a left over anti-tank mine in a meadow along the Rhine. She starred in Theirs is the Glory, a film made directly after the war about the battle of Arnhem in which survivors were asked to re-enact the parts they played in the battle. In the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far her character is played by Liv Ullmann. In 1980, the British ambassador to the Netherlands decorated Kate and her husband as Honorary Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She died of an accident in 1992 (knocked down by a car outside her home next to the Lonsdale Church), while Jan died at the age of 98 in 2003.
Access to the garden of the house. The havoc around the house is great. Toegang tot de tuin van het huis. De ravage rond het huis is groot. On March 27, 2010 I took this comparison photograph.
Access to the garden of the house. The havoc around the house is great. On March 27, 2010 I took this comparison photograph.
In the garden was a mass grave of 65 dead British soldiers. They were reburied after the war on the war cemetery at Oosterbeek. Kate ter Horst made this memorial consisting of an inverted Pegasus, which crashes to the ground. In the water the Pegasus is reflected symbolize the resurrection. I took this picture to show you the position of house Kate ter Horst beside the Old Church of Oosterbeek. Her house was the former rectory of the church.
In the garden was a mass grave of 65 dead British soldiers. They were reburied after the war on the war cemetery at Oosterbeek. Kate ter Horst made this memorial consisting of an inverted Pegasus, which crashes to the ground. In the water the Pegasus is reflected symbolize the resurrection. I took this picture to show you the position of house Kate ter Horst beside the Old Church of Oosterbeek. Her house was the former rectory of the church.
In September 1944, the Old Church in Oosterbeek at the Benedendorpsweg was heavily damaged. The church was the last foothold of the British 1st Airborne Division before they retreated across the Rhine in the night of 25 to 26 September 1944.  In and around the church are several memorials which recall the role the church was played during the Battle of Arnhem.
In September 1944, the Old Church in Oosterbeek at the Benedendorpsweg was heavily damaged. The church was the last foothold of the British 1st Airborne Division before they retreated across the Rhine in the night of 25 to 26 September 1944.  In and around the church are several memorials which recall the role the church was played during the Battle of Arnhem.
 
Paasbergschool

   

Schoonoord Hotel