On Thursday, 22 November 2012 II took part in the adventure tour 'The Battle of Arnhem from the German perspective in the area of Oosterbeek.

During this three-hour walking tour we visited the places of memory of the German war veterans who were involved in the battle of Arnhem. We crossed the beautiful meadows of the Rhine at Oosterbeek, walked through the hilly village and the green parks and hear the personal experiences on the spot. After an Airborne Lunch at Restaurant Schoonoord were short interview films shown and was subsequently the Airborne Museum Hartenstein with the experience basement visited.
We heard the stories of the young labor of the Reichsarbeitsdienst. They were the helpers of the Flak Division of the Air Force and a soldier of the Batteriebefehlsstelle who stayed in the floodplains of the Rhine. But also a K1 and K4 of a searchlight told their stories. A medic of the 9. SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen was at a combat mission and lost his comrades on the bridge of Oosterbeek. Another soldier of the Waffen-SS was assigned to attack the headquarters of the Allies. The gunman drove a Jagdpanzer IV to Oosterbeek, had to flee and lived the truce, where an English paramedic died on his lap. The young Wehrmacht soldier of 116. Panzer Division Windhund received immediately after the battle of Arnhem ascension command and experienced how his comrades were killed and he was seriously injured.
It was not a strategic military story, but a description of the personal memories of German soldiers who were involved in the Battle of Arnhem. We visited several places in and around Oosterbeek where a number of German soldiers then fought from 17/23 September 1944. Our guide Ingrid Maan has interviewed some German veterans and on the basis of their story we follow their trail during this adventure tour.
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Nederlands Hervormde kerk te Oosterbeek

Dutch Reformed church at Oosterbeek

Nederlands Hervormde kerk te Oosterbeek

Dutch Reformed church at Oosterbeek

In de muur van de kerk zijn nog duidelijk de kogelinslagen te zien

In the wall of the church are still clearly see the bullet impacts

Monument bij het kerkje in Oosterbeek

Monument near the church in Oosterbeek

De tour begon bij de kerk in Oosterbeek omdat de Duitse troepen hier al vanaf juli 1944 zaten toen op 17 september 1944 de grootscheepse luchtlandingsoperatie begon in de uiterwaarden van de Neder-Rijn.
The tour began at the church in Oosterbeek as the Germans were here since July 1944 when, on September 17, 1944 the massive airborne operation began in the floodplains of the Rhine. Then we visited the locations where the memories of German soldiers have taken place, such as Lack Brink, Brune and Henschel.

 

Alfons Lack Brink was in its time a good cyclist, who in 1940 still with the German Youth Championships participated. At the Batteriebefehlsstelle (BBS) in Oosterbeek he was involved with the repair and maintenance of bicycles. The Batteriebefehlsstelle was on the Benedendorpseweg, diagonally opposite the Ploegseweg in house "The Gelderse Blom" to Rosandepolder. He was on Sunday, September 17, 1944 faced with the highest level of alert. The men of the Reich Labour Service (RAD) had to retire to Westervoort.

Our group during the adventure tour on the way to the stone oven in the Rosandepolder

Heinrich Brune came from Gilze-Rijen with the R.A.D to the Arnhem area and took in the floodplains of the Rhine position. He came to the old stone oven in Rosandepolder (current location site) go with the task of German defense in the monitor. In particular, the railway viaduct was observed and defended. Brune sat there with three other "Geschütze" setting with 2 cm flaks and each a gun. There they had to make do. During the day he had to guard the railway viaduct, where freight trains laden with straw drove over. At night he slept in the stone oven. They were frequently involved in air strikes. At the time of the landing Brune with his unit of the R.A.D had also to go to Westervoort where he was responsible for the supply and care of killing transports.

The story of Heinrich Brune is told with the stone oven where he slept in 1944 in the background

Against the background of the bridge we listen to the story of Karl-Heinz Henschel who came to Holland with the 9th SS Panzer Division "Hohenstaufen" and the 10th SS Panzer Division "Frundsberg". on 18 September 1944 at the bridge he went in position behind the last pillar of the embankment and answered the English fire from the direction of Oosterbeek. His comrade was slain by a shrapnel. He himself was a few days later injured near the Ploegseweg in Oosterbeek.